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Montgomery Ward mystery catalogue – identified!

February 14, 2013

Hi We Sewists!
Back in late November I posted about a mystery Montgomery Ward catalogue that I had luckily come into possession of.

With the help of We Sew Retro contributors Tesia, Timewarpedwoman, Jessamyn, Matilda’s Girl, Cathy, Anne, Ivy, Patrice, Melissa and Tania I’ve been able to successfully date the catalogue as 1919!

Navy blue wool serge with black and red trimmings

The website links the above contributors supplied in the comments were invaluable… (and pretty addictive too!).

I’ve also just now had another confirmation of 1919… one tiny paragraph on the diamond rings page…

1919's newest styles
1919's newest styles

I know… how did I miss the diamond rings section?! 🙂

I guess I was too busy ogling the asbestos tablecloth and place mats, toy machine guns and the maternity corsets… ouch!

corsets
1919's maternity and nursing corsets

Thanks again for all the help!

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  1. How do you suppose a person sat in a corset that low! Is it a bad illustration or does it really extend below the hip into the thigh? At first I was think about how terrible this would be, but then, you need something to keep your thighs up and since you lace it daily to your ever changing body, maybe it was actually quite a relief to have the weight of the baby supported by the whole body as opposed to just the hips and tummy. I know I felt like I needed to have a hand on my lower belly when I walked to take some of the aches away…. hmmmm.

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