The Ladies' Tea Guild

Saturday, January 31, 2009

1830s costume stuff!

image at left: Gentlemen of the 1830s.
In anticipation of my attending the Greater Bay Area Costumers' Guild Open House and annual meeting tomorrow (well, actually today, since it's midnight now!), here are some photos taken with my new nifty neato camera (with a real, honest-to-goodness ZOOM and adjustable FOCUS!), of some of my antique and vintage fashion print collection. Nothing like costume goodies for not much money! Although I think fashion plates might be more expensive these days (I bought mine over 10 years ago).

This image is of a collection of 1830s figures that were purchased by a friend of mine -- having been cut out of their original fashion magazine by a previous owner -- and she assembled them into a frame for me.

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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)