Photographs of antique and vintage clothing from Europe and America
March 1, 2012 12:14 AM   Subscribe

Old Rags is a collection of photographs of beautiful antique, historic and vintage clothing from Europe and North America. A feast of fashion history images from the 17th century to the 1920’s with a brief FAQ page here.
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posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:53 AM on March 1, 2012

There are some lovely styles in there!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 6:15 AM on March 1, 2012

Really nice. The Browse feature is extremely useful for flipping through specific eras.
posted by mochapickle at 6:41 AM on March 1, 2012

This is wonderful! I've been looking for something exactly like this. Thank you for posting it.
posted by godshomemovies at 7:22 AM on March 1, 2012

This is very cool, but I wish there was something similar for men's clothing. (There probably is, but I don't know about it.)
posted by asnider at 12:05 PM on March 1, 2012

asnider: They do have some men's clothing
posted by bluesapphires at 3:23 PM on March 1, 2012

There goes my evening...
posted by Katherine Kimber at 3:39 PM on March 1, 2012

My mouth is watering just looking at these. I can't imagine wearing them for anything else but posing for a portrait as they look so uncomfortable, but how luscious the fabric and how intricate the design! Can you imagine going through the day in stays and a bustle?
posted by BlueHorse at 5:28 PM on March 1, 2012

asnider: They do have some men's clothing

Well, apparently I need to check the tags more closely next time. There's way more men's clothing there than I thought.
posted by asnider at 10:04 PM on March 1, 2012

My own grandma was born in 1889 in rural Clayton County, Iowa. I have lots of family photos received through her. I assure you people dressed this way in the 19th century. It was the norm. Furthermore, remember clothing was made by hand sewing -- not sewing machine. You can see that in the closeups of many of these items. One more tidbit for you: Grandma told me that all women in her youth in northeast Iowa washed their hair only once per month. This was the norm in the 19th century in rural America. They thought nothing of it.
posted by Galadhwen at 9:21 AM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

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