Off To Virginia…

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Lately it seems that my weekends have been a blur of activity and this coming weekend is no exception. Today, I’m catching a plane for Dulles/Washington DC to participate in a WWII Era event at the Americans in Wartime Museum (aka “The Tank Farm”) in Nokesville, Virginia. I’ll be falling in with a living history group portraying the 26th US Cavalry, Philippine Scouts who will be portraying late 1941/early 1942. Previously, I’d worked with a number of the group’s members at a previous living history event in Columbus, New Mexico in March 2016 and had a good time with them, so I thought that I’d return them the favor. I’ll be on my own for this one and from a fashion perspective, the order of the day is the US summer uniform for officers. 🙂

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It won’t the typical sort of WWII event in that we’ll be portraying some of the last days of mounted cavalry. I’ve already shipped the bulk of my equipment so there’s not a whole lot of baggage to deal with so that’s a plus. Unfortunately, there’s no direct flight (change planes in Denver) so it’s going to be a long day travelling. Fortunately, I’ll have some time to recover before actually starting the event itself Friday afternoon.

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The Old And The New…

This sort of an event is a bit out of my normal zone when it comes to living history but I’m open to doing something different (2017 has been a year of changes and new things, to be sure). However, the idea of getting back on a horse and doing cavalry is just too powerful so there it is. 🙂 I’ll post some pictures when I have more so stay tuned!

1880s Street Style At The Beach…

As summer begins to wind down, I thought I’d post some pictures of people at the seashore- you could call it “street style at the beach, 1880s style.”

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The Montgomery family, all dressed up and preparing to pose by the shoreline of beach at Stokemus, near Sea Bright, August 8, 1886

The above picture is interesting in that here you see a variety of common styles to include vest/faux, open bodice with faux waist, and closed bodice.. For skirts, all follow the bustle silhouette of the later 1880s but not in an extreme manner and each features some variation on the over/under-skirt configuration. The skirt on the woman in the middle with the parasol is the same color (seemingly from the picture) for both skirts and the under-skirt appears to the be ruffled in rows. The woman standing to the immediate rear of the little girl has a contrasting solid color over-skirt with a plaid check underskirt while the woman at the far right has a skirt and bodice made of the same material with no obvious under-skirt. It’s a very useful portrait for determining some common daytime styles that can be readily utilized for recreation purposes.

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Collecting Shells, Manhattan Beach, Coney Island, 1885 (New York Historical Society & Museum)

These two women are not deterred by the wet sand or water and have simply taken the expedient of hiking up their skirts. They’re a bit more plainly dressed than the group in the first picture with bodice and skirt of the same color. The woman on the left also appears to be wearing a short coat or jacket that has been designed to fit around the bustled skirt.

And just for contrast, something a bit more upmarket, staged in the photographer’s studio…

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The above picture portrays a more elaborate style although it still keeps to the convention of the bustled over/under-skirt combination typical of the later 1880s. In this instance, the bodice appears to drape over the hips and is gathered towards the rear and has a floral print design. Of course, with the woman’s elbow obscuring the waist, it’s hard to tell exactly but judging from the swags of net trimmed in fabric running along the skirt, it appears that the net is the over-skirt with a solid-colored fabric under-skirt. The effect is airy and very appropriate for summer by the beach.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse of 1880s street style. 🙂

 

 

And We’re Back…

It’s Monday and I’m recovering from the drive back from Arizona so there’s not a lot for today. 🙂 Here’s a picture of me from the Third Territorial Days Ball:

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I was going for a formal white tie look but unfortunately, I’d left my white tie back in LA so I had to improvise with another tie which is more flashy but a bit more earlier in terms of period. Well, next time I won’t be for forgetful… 😉

 

Leaving No. 11…

Well, once again it’s time to load up the car and head back to LA. It was a short and busy weekend for us- not only did we have concern ourselves with ball gowns and such, but we also were involved in preparing Schieffelin Hall for the Third Territorial Days Ball. The spray paint sprayed freely this weekend…. 🙂

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Well, we’re off to our next adventure…We’ll have more soon! 🙂

Out & About In Tombstone…

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Saturday opened up cool and breezy and since there was little for me to do until the Territorial Days Ball that evening, I decided to take a swing around town. Because this is not a holiday weekend, there were not a lot of tourists in town so getting around was relatively easy. Weather-wise, it was a cool 90 degrees with an occasional breeze which made things even more pleasant.

I stared out in one of my usual favorite places, the OK Corral. The exhibits here have been gradually upgraded and freshened over the past several years, making for a more visually pleasing experience. Of course, I had to first make a beeline for…

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This is a modern reconstruction of CS Fly’s original photo studio and it was located in approximately the same location that the original was. Here’s a little of the interior which serves as an museum:

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A reconstruction of the dark room…and here’s the studio where people posed for their portraits:

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No doubt this plays a little fast and loose with how things were actually arranged but it gives the basic idea. Now for a little fun for the kids…

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Moving on, I headed up Allen Street…

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As you can see, town is a bit quiet today, unlike two weeks ago during Labor Day Weekend. 🙂

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And yes, this is the modern City Hall for the Town of Tombstone. Finally, I made it to where some of the Tombstone Territorial Days festivities were being held (the field is actually part of the old Tombstone High School):

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There were a number of activities going on to include Civil War era cannon firing demonstrations and a presentation called Reel vs. Real put on by Dr. Buck Montgomery and historian Lee Anderson where they discuss the contrast between what is presented in Western films and television versus the historical reality along with some demonstrations of various stunts. What was especially interesting is that working cowboys rarely carried guns on a regular basis and they did not use trick roping- they were practical and had no use for anything that made a job more difficult (when you work some 14 hours a day in the saddle, you’re simply too tired 🙂 ).

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Here we see Lee Anderson explain how something really happened in the West…

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Overall, it was a both educational and entertaining in equal measures and I greatly enjoyed it. Well, that my Saturday day, stay tuned for more. 🙂