Saturday, September 4, 2010

1942 Fashion Scrapbook

I found this scrapbook in a tiny antique shop in Green River, Wyoming.  When I first saw it I thought it would be empty, but when I looked inside I was so excited!  It is full of fashion magazine cut outs from 1942-1943. Being a huge genealogy freak I was thrilled to find that the scrapbook's creator had written her full name and hometown on the inside cover.

She was about 18 years old at the time that the book was made.  I can only imagine that she must have really been into fashion because she made little notes by a lot of the pictures, and also drew additions on to at least one of them.  It's in really good condition considering it's age, only damage being a bit of mildew on the back.

Here are some of my favorites:

 I love the 'commuters delight' outfit.  I try to dress nice for work, but not that nice!  I love how women used to not leave the house without a hat and gloves.

Not the greatest scan, but I love this picture.  I love the red flower in her hair and her beautiful flowing dress.

I'm really hoping to find a pattern similar to this dress. If anyone knows of one kind of like it, let me know!  

Here are some that she wrote little notes next to.  Each one describes what she thinks the outfit would be perfect for!  

How about some 1940's swimwear?

These are just too cute!
And finally one of my favorite parts in the whole scrapbook.  There is one page that has examples of different looks that are popular due to recent movies.  My favorite one, is the Gone With The Wind example.

I hope you enjoyed the scrapbook pics. I'd like to eventually make one or two outfits like the ones in this book. 


  1. Your blog is lovely! And I adore the scrapbook...what a treasure!

  2. That is absolutely incredible! Great find!

  3. oh this is so cool!!!! lucky find!


  4. I am helping get together props and clothes for a community theater play set in 1942. Your blog is invaluable. Thanks for sharing. You have saved me a lot of time.