Peggy Olson Gets Dressed

A few weeks back I shared the site that’s cataloged everything Don Draper has worn over seven seasons of Mad Men. Not to be outdone, the internet also contains a comprehensive listing of every Peggy Olsen outfit, from ponytailed graduate of Miss Deaver’s Secretarial School, to power player business lady. Not only is it eye candy for vintage lovers, it really is a study of the changing era, and one particular woman’s journey.

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Vintage Chicago

My mom sent me this link last week to a feature on vintage Chicago airline posters. I am forever a sucker for vintage travel memorabilia, and probably equally weak to items from my adopted city. Chicagoans get pretty sick of seeing the same World’s Fair posters from on display anywhere and everywhere (even if it is the nice one), so these midcentury airline designs are a lovely change of pace. And, besides Aqua, the giant Trump Tower sign and a few other contemporary buildings, it’s nice to see that not much has changed in the past few decades. You can still get a great view of Marina City from a boat on the river, and at least once a year you can expect to wait on a road lifting perpendicularly while the bridge is raised.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Oh, and thanks, Mom ; )

Images via Curbed Chicago.


Awesome Lady Friends

In case you weren’t aware, tomorrow is Galentine’s Day, and nothing says “Ovaries before Brovaries” better than awesome ladies hanging out together.

Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucille Ball

Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton

Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett

Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro and Cyndi Lauper

Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper

Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Annie Leibovitz and Amy Poehler

Diahann Carroll and Faye Dunaway

Gloria Steinem and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner

Barbara Walters and Angela Lansbury

(Most) images via Awesome People Hanging Out Together (which, truthfully, needs to work on it’s lady content), Ladies of the 70s and Awesome Women Hanging Out Together.

Ladies Doing It for Themselves

Ready to be inspired by some historic ladies doing groundbreaking things and being just generally being awesome? Well today is your lucky day.


Leola N. King, America’s first female traffic officer, Washington D.C. [1918]


Winnie the Welder, 1943


Maud Wagner, the first well know woman tattooist in the United States, 1907


Railroad workers at lunch. Many were the wives and even mothers of the men who left for war, 1943


Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her, 1967


Marina Ginesta, a 17-year-old communist fighter, overlooking Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, 1936


Female pilots leaving their B-17, “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” c. 1941


Photographer Margaret Bourke-White climbing the Chrysler Building, 1934


Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York, 1917


A mason working gigh above Berlin, c. 1900


Jeanne Manford marches with her gay son during a Pride Parade, 1972


18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris, 1944


The first women’s basketball team from Smith College, 1902


Ellen O’Neal, one of the first professional woman skaters, 1976

Via this post.

4 Chair Makeovers

Everybody’s got the thing that they have way too many of in their house, and for me that thing is chairs. I don’t know how it’s happened over the years, but we have seating for twenty in our house. You’d think we threw parties all the time, but really it’s that I have a soft spot for chairs.

Given my inability to pass a chair in the alley without bringing it home (“Yes, I see that it’s broken and water damaged and covered in mud, but look at those bones!”), I tend to also get swept up in the plethora of chair makeover ideas out there in internet land. Got a chair weakness of you own? Here are my five favorite chair makeover project ideas–

1. Wool Blanket ReupholsteryI love that this project blends two totally classic, midcentury looks– a Pendleton blanket and white Burke chair. Sometimes the “reupholster with this gimmicky thing” projects are annoying, but the blanket has such a graphic look to it, it’s almost hard to place what it was originally, and the rounded lines of the chair are a fun contrast to the horizontal stripes.

2. Folding Chair FaceliftThe painted folding chair phenomenon is all over the internet. Though I generally try to avoid projects that rely on spray paint, a friend of mine painted a handful of folding chairs when she got married last summer, sprinkling them throughout the rest of the seating for a super cute effect. It was sweet and simple, and now her guests have a happy place to rest their rears during the holidays.

3. DIY Woven Chair I love the heck out of this project. I have such a weakness for aluminum patio chairs, and even though we have four of our own, it’s hard to pass them up. Now whenever I see a ratty one with a still-good frame, I just know the image of this woven little beauty is going to dance through my head.

4. DIY ReupholsteryTrue, we should all be so lucky to find a chair with a shape this great (and for $10 at the thrift store!), but I like that this post walks you through the steps of adding new batting, a process that even with my love of all things seatin, I find I’m irrationally afraid to try.


Soviet Fabrics

I’ve written a few times about the soft spot I have for vintage Soviet design. I’m a fan of good design in any era, but there’s something fascinating and puzzling about so many of these pieces. Earlier era items mix propaganda with a (seemingly?) real sense of idealism, resulting in an effect that’s almost quaint. Later items have more of an edge, and as an American viewing them, they are all at once familiar and also slightly odd.

I came across a post about Soviet fabrics the other day and was totally fascinated by them. The patterns have a definite deco and constructivist feel, and remind me of something you’d find on an Ayn Rand book book cover. They incorporate all the requisite industrial touches, of course– factories and locomotives of a new, modern era, stoic workers gazing off into the distance toward the brighter tomorrow they’re helping to build. It’s a strange, romantic way to wear ideals literally on your sleeve.

via Leftways.

Vintage Stamp Inspiration

Inspired by Tuesday’s post about late-60s baseball stamps, I was reminded of all the great stamps, from the US and elsewhere, that are out there. No surprise, I’m especially drawn to the midcentury designs– the limitations of the medium in terms of size and printing mean that the art is generally graphic with just a few bold colors. The populist nature of a postage stamp is that it has to appeal to a lot of people, so the designs, while accessible, are also often clever and with a sense of humor.

Here are a few of my favorite vintage stamp designs–

Vintage Matchbooks

We drove out to Uncle Mikey’s in West Chicago the other weekend after seeing the delightful assortment of vintage odds and ends they’re always posting to Facebook. It was definitely worth the trip, and left to my own devices I probably would’ve come home with a lot more furniture than our car could actually hold (okay, so I wouldn’t necessarily actually made it home, with that the case, but would’ve tried in vain), we did find a number of other, smaller, vintage treasures.

The one I had to share was this collection of mid-century matchbooks. They were part of a much larger collection that I took a long time sifting through. I tried to keep my take-home reasonable, but it was so tough to narrow down the field with so many amazing designs to choose from. I settled on the classic Vegas casino books, and also ones from my homestate of Indiana. There are so many typefaces and decorative elements to discover in the designs, it’s amazing to think about how much effort went into designing these simple little giveaway items.