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Getting the Point: Hatpins as Weapons?

New York Times, March 22, 1910, long hat pins were being banned! “It is now a misdemeanor for any woman to wear a long hatpin in public...

Saints and Seamers

Even those of us who aren’t catholic are probably familiar with the names of a few saints. There are St. Christopher medals for nervous...

Sole Discretion

In ancient times, the shoe was often used as a symbol of authority. ‘Upon the land of Edom do I cast my shoe’ (Psalms 60:8) This biblical...

Sewer or Sewist?

I recently created a bit of a brouhaha on the FHM facebook page. I posted about the word ‘sewist’ with a reference to a New York Times...

Have a Crepey Halloween

Crepe paper Halloween dress, hat and mask, late 1920s The origin of crepe paper is a bit murky. It appears to have been developed in...

That Time Chanel Went to Hollywood

On January 19, 1931, the New York Times reported film producer Samuel Goldwyn’s announcement: “After more than three years of constant...

Poison Rubber

In 1887, three men who all worked at a New York rubber company were committed to a local Hospital for incoherent insanity. Dr. Frederick...

Moths? Freeze Them

Moths are potentially the worst problem a textile collection might encounter. I have two methods I used to keep them under control. First...