As long as I'm on a vintage fashion kick... How about a Standard Mail-Order Catalog from 1918? I absolutely love this cover painting. I love the colors and composition, the subjects, the "painterliness" of it and, of course, the typography. The "Spring & Summer 1918" is especially attractive and evocative of that period now. I have a couple of these, and scanned a few pages for y'all tonight. Click on each image to enlarge. I tried to make the pages as readable as possible with respect to the web resolution.
$21.50 sounds like a lot of money for 1918. You could buy a Ford Model T for as low as $500. That's a bit higher than the Ford was in 1915-1917, I can only guess because of World War 1. Here's a great list of original prices for the T throughout its 19 year production run.
With their slim legs and 3 button jackets, these men's suits are almost contemporary. The hats not so much.
Quite a range in prices for these coats. I actually like the least expensive. That's the first time THAT'S happened! I love the styling of all of them.
These are perfect examples to use when I have new clothes made for my vintage dolls. I think most children in art from this period resemble small adults more than children.
I didn't realize before tonight when I looked it up that 'kid' leather was, in fact, made from the skin of young goats, or kids. I thought it was the tanning process that made the leather more supple.
I want every single one of these hats to hang on a wall. They're all works of art. I really think hats like this should make a comeback. If I was a fashion designer, hats like this would be in my new Spring collection for next year!
I found a table online, of the average prices of goods in 1918. It's someone's site about their father, but at the end of it they included a few prices. I can't verify they're correct, but they seem about right from the little I know:
• Average National Salary: $1,144.
• Average Price of a Home: $4,821
• Gallon of milk: 55¢
• Loaf of bread: 10¢