I’ve been cleaning house and thought that these old photos showing these fashions would help with period novels.
This photo of my grandfather was taken in 1924 in La Paz Mex. while on his mission for the Mormon church. That, by the way, is not a clip-on bow tie. Back then a gentleman was expected to know how to tie his own tie.
He always wore a suit, as was proper for a businessman of the period. This not only made him look successful but possibly moneyed, which helped to attract the ladies.
This was taken in the 40s. Not long before he joined what was still the Army Air Forces. Note the Letterman’s jacket -which he wore even in 100° weather- with the baggie pants and loafers. She, of course, wore a conservative dress. (This was probably taken before a school dance)
This last one was taken in the early 60s, but these ladies had dressed this way… practically forever. This was typical of the way “proper” older ladies, especially those from conservative mid-west backgrounds, were expected to dress, but… Is it just me? or do they all look like they’re about to attend a funeral?
As a side note:
I Googled my mother looking for her obituary, and the search returned “find this person” results, all of which told me that she was 87 and living at one of our old addresses. -She died at 78.
My brother was listed as 56 -still alive. He died in his early 40s.
My sister was listed as 63 -still alive. She died in her 30s.
My point is; no one verifies this data. Once it’s in the computer the person might as well be immortal. So if you’re searching for someone, take the results with a grain of salt and don’t give the site any money unless you’ve run out of other ideas.