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Woman with blanket for hope chest
What should you put in a hope chest?

What should you put in a hope chest? Linens and items for the home after the wedding, or clothing for the bride’s trousseau? Here are answers from 100 years ago!

Shoes for women from the 1983 JC Penney catalog
284+ retro women’s shoes from the ’80s

Looking for some fancy retro footwear? Women of the ’80s could select from spike heels, wedge heels, “flats,” pumps, penny loafers, moccasins and boat shoes, just to name a few women’s shoes from the 1983 JC Penney catalog.

1983 catalog - Clothes for girls from JCPenney
Totally awesome vintage ’80s clothes for girls

What was big in terms of fashion for girls in the 1983 JC Penney catalog? Some styles featured grown-up fashion translated into youthful looks – oversized shirt-dresses, dirndl skirts and drop-waist minidresses. See inside the catalog here!

Miss Lina Cavalieri circus
Women: How to gain weight (1918)

Hot chocolate. Roast beef. Bread with butter. Naps. No, this isn’t the ideal vacation, but tips on how to gain weight from a famous actress of long ago.

Gloria Steinem on aging (1976)

Gloria Steinem discusses aging By Ghita Levine, Special to the Herald-Journal “I do not want to self-destruct when I am 60 years old, “says Gloria

Letter-writing is falling out of style (1894)

Letter-writing isn’t as much of an art as it once was. Books had to be written about it years ago, and “The Ready Letter-writer” was as infallible and as essential as a cookbook is to many people nowadays.

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