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USO

Home Away From Home: The Story of the USO
By: Julia M.H. Carson, official USO Historian (1946)


USO Field Service Manual
A manual of policies and procedures prepared primarily for national agency operations of USO. By: United Service Organizations (1944)


USO, Five Years of Service: Report of the President
By: United Service Organizations (Februaury 4, 1946.) Bangor Public Library Digital Commons.


Brief History of YWCA Service In Times of War - 1942
By: Y.W.C.A. (1942.) Article about YWCA - USO service during the Second World War from the Social Welfare History Project website. Original source material from the YWCA National Board/United Service Organization Records. Box 9. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Social Welfare History Archives. Minneapolis, MN.


If You Are a Junior Hostess
By: Nell Giles (1943.) "If You Are a Junior Hostess is based on the experience of Y.W.C.A. - U.S.O. junior hostesses in the Boston Y.W.C.A. and is dedicated to the girls who have found this way to serve their country." From the Illinois Digital Archives.


USO of Macon, GA - Junior Hostess Manual
From the collection of Jessica H. Jaeger.


New Yorkers Jam Rally for U.S. Service Men's Clubs
LIFE Magazine: 2 June 1941, page 32


National Defense vs. Veneral Disease: U.S. Government Fights to Protect Its New Soldiers
By: Francis Sill Wickware
LIFE Magazine: 13 October 1941, page 128


USO In Peace and War It Has Proven It's Worth
LIFE Magazine: 29 June 1942, page 70


Checker King Shows Marines Tricks of the Game with Mobile USO Unit
LIFE Magazine: 16 November 1942, page 154


Life Goes on Tour with a USO Camp Show
LIFE Magazine: 12 November 1945, page 137


Veterans History Project - Mimi Korach Lesser
"In 1944, New York commercial artist Mimi Korach decided to do her part for the war effort by volunteering to work in a Merchant Seamen's Club, sketching portraits of lonely servicemen. A USO official suggested she go to local veterans hospitals to create sketches of patients that could be mailed to their distant families. Her next stop was a two-year tour of duty with USO-Camp Shows, Inc. doing the same in Europe for GIs recuperating in evacuation hospitals. Korach, a short, dark-haired woman, teamed with another artist, Ann, a taller blonde (they were nicknamed "Blondie and Blackie"), traveled around Europe even after the fighting stopped. They sketched hundreds of servicemen as well as street scenes in occupied Germany and other devastated countries." Includes a personal narrative, photos, personal correspondence, and 702 creative works (USO-CSI portraits and sketches of street scenes.)


There's No Place Like Home: An Overview of the USO in World War II
By: Lessa Scherrer. A brief summary of USO activities during the Second World War. Unfortunately, it contains some factual errors in the section about USO - Camp Shows, Inc.


To Make the Boys Feel at Home: USO Senior Hostesses and Gendered Citizenship
By: Meghan K. Winchell. Chapter One of her book, Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun: The Story of USO Hostesses During WWII.


Something for the Boys: An Analysis of the Women of the USO Camp Shows, Inc. and their Performed Gender
By: Samantha Joy Pearlman; B.A. thesis, with departmental Honors in Theater. Wesleyan University, April 2011.


USO Wisconsin, Inc.
The official website of USO Wisconsin.


USO - United Service Organizations
The official website of the National USO.


 


 

HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS

FSA - OWI Black & White Photographs Collection at The Library of Congress
The black-and-white photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The images show Americans at home, at work, and at play, with an emphasis on rural and small-town life and the adverse effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and increasing farm mechanization. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. In its latter years, the project documented America's mobilization for World War II. The collection includes about 164,000 black-and-white negatives; this release provides access to over 160,000 of these images. The FSA-OWI photographers also produced about 1600 color photographs.


FSA - OWI Color Photographs Collection at The Library of Congress
The color photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection include scenes of rural and small-town life, migrant labor, and the effects of the Great Depression. A significant number of the color photographs concern the mobilization effort for World War II and portray aircraft manufacturing, military training, and the nation's railroads. The 1,600 color photographs produced by the FSA and OWI photographers are less well known and far less extensive than the 164,000 black-and-white photographs in the collection.


The Home Front: Manitowoc County In World War II
A digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published sources and documents, artifacts, and other resources which help to document and explain the history of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during the period from 1939 to 1947—both the more universally shared home front experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the War.


Photographs from World War Two by Dickey Chapelle at The Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin-born photojournalist Chapelle was one of the first women foreign correspondents to cover World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other U.S. military engagements worldwide. Her writings and pictures appeared in the magazines Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Look, and the Saturday Evening Post from the 1940's to the 1960's. Chapelle was killed in Vietnam in 1965 while pursuing her profession.


Hawaii War Records Depository - Photographs - Honolulu Advertiser & Honolulu Star Bulletin
The Hawaii War Records Depository contains a wealth of photographs documenting various aspects of life in Hawaii during World War II. These photographs are an important resource depicting the military activities in Hawaii, life on the homefront, and the military's relationship with Hawaii's civilian population during the war. The Hawai'i War Records Depository (HWRD) holds approximately 1,000 newspaper photographs clearly identified as being from the Honolulu Star Bulletin and 330 photographs clearly identified as being from the Honolulu Advertiser, representing primary material from the two English-language Honolulu newspapers.


Hawaii War Records Depository - Photographs - U.S. Army Signal Corps and U.S. Navy
The Hawaii War Records Depository (HWRD), which was established at the University of Hawaii Library in 1943, is an extensive collection of materials that document life in Hawaii during World War II. The HWRD includes 880 photographs taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps and the U.S. Navy during World War II. These photographs, taken between 1941 and 1946, document the impact of World War II in Hawaii. They depict Army and Navy activities in Hawaii and illustrate the military's relationship with Hawaii's civilian population.


Shorpy
The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog :: High Resolution Historical Photos


Golden Era Suits
A collection of pictures from the 1920s to 1940s


Flickr - 1930s & 1940s
Photographs of family or friends from the 1930's or 1940's


Flickr - 1940s
This site is for photographers and their images of the 1940s or for reenactments of 1940s events.


Flickr - Mom's World
A photoset by Joey Harrison. "Before I came along, and with diminishing returns thereafter, my mom pursued photography passionately and studiously. She created a large body of work centered around her life with my father and her own family." A truly amazing collection of photographs and personal stories from mid-century America. One of my absolute favorites! You really need to go through this set photo by photo because there are stories from Joey's mom that go along with each of them.


Flickr - Original 1940s Photos
A group for original 1940s photos, comments and discussions. No retro photos. Obviously, you don't have to be the photographer. Maybe it is a photo your mother took, or your grandmother, or an old family friend.


Flickr - Pre-1962 America in Color
A group at Flickr. Color--especially Kodachrome--a must. Slices of commonplace American city, rural, and small-town life. Interiors, exteriors, businesses--but all within the time parameters (1961 or earlier). Average folks are stressed.


Flickr - The Library of Congress. The FSA-OWI photographs, 1930s-40s in color
These vivid color photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era generally seen only in black-and-white. Photographers working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created the images between 1939 and 1944. We invite your tags and comments! Also, more identification information. (The current titles come from the agency's original documentation, which was sometimes incomplete.) The FSA/OWI pictures depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with a focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working. The original images are color transparencies ranging in size from 35 mm. to 4x5 inches. They complement the better-known black-and-white FSA/OWI photographs, made during the same period.


Flickr - Women of WW2
All photos of women during the years of 1939-1945. This would include women on the homefront, in the military, working in our factories, etc.


Flickr - World War II Vintage Photos
Vintage photos from the Second World War of people or objects. Please only post vintage photos, no new photos.


 


 

HAIR

Beauty is a Thing of the Past
Hairstyles & beauty tips.


How It's Done. . . Hairstyles for You
By: Ivan D. Anderson (1948)


Hair Styles of the 1940s
Pictures of various hairstyles from the 1940s.


How-To Hair Rolls with Photos
Step by step how to roll your own hair.

 

Movie Maidens
Pictures of starlets from different eras.

 

Pin Curls: Tips & Tricks
Flat pin curls & stand-up pincurls.

 

The Hair Archives
The Hair Archives is a website devoted to vintage hair fashion. Sit back and enjoy a unique library of beautiful hairstyles from past generations. Read about the beauty industry and the history of hair fashion. Watch how hair fashion evolved throughout the generations.

 

Retrobelles.com - Glamour Blog
Bringing Glamour Back from the past.

 

Glamour Daze
An archive of vintage fashion and beauty.

 

Flickr - Vintage Hair
A photoset by rhiannonmars. Rolls, Curls, Fingerwaves, Marcel Wave, Water Waves.

 

Flickr - Vintage Hair Group
This group will contain photos of close up portaits of women from the 1900's-1960's and their hair. Please be descriptive with your comments for these images. This group also welcomes pictures of your hair done up vintage style. Show us how you did your fingerwaves, when you cut that bob, how much hairspray you used for your beehive or your fabulous 40's rolls!

 

Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Modern Techniques (official book website)
A step-by-step guide showing how to create hairstyles from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s using simple, easy-to-follow instructions. It uses over 700 brand new photographs and illustrations and detailed directions in a 164-page full-color book. The book begins with the basic elements and works its way back to advanced techniques. It concludes with information on makeup, nails, and accessories to finish the look. No matter your skill level or hair type, Vintage Hairstyling has something for everyone.

 

Vintage Hair - Tutorials
Tutorials from the Vintage Hair community on Live Journal.

 

YouTube: Glamour Daze
A Vintage Fashion and Beauty Archive from the Age of Glamour [ 1920's to the 1950's.] All videos posted here under US Fair Use Law and are assembled from footage and music believed to be in the public domain or library footage available for educational purposes only .

 

YouTube: Elegantly Amused
Hello! Welcome to "Elegantly Amused", where I share my love of past style with tutorials and general musings on fashion, beauty and the like. I have always been fascinated with the 1940s and 50s, and am thrilled to be able to share my love of these eras with you!

 

Vintage Hair Community at Live Journal
Hairstyles for vintage enthusiasts.

 

 


 

MAKE-UP

MAC Cosmetics
 We love MAC lipsticks (and their entire line of make-up), they are perfect for achieving a vintage look. Red recommendations include "Russian Red" & "Viva Glam I". Be sure to go with a 'Matte' finish for the perfect 1940s lips. Other MAC make-up recommendations include Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, Blot Powder Pressed, Prep + Prime Lip, and Lip Pencil. All MAC products are top notch. There is a MAC counter in the Macy's at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee.

 

Bésame Cosmetics
Inspired by the intricate designs and the romantic styles of an era gone by, we at Bésame Cosmetics dreamt of developing a product line that harkened back to a more romantic time. "The Bésame style is romantic, sophisticated, and classically beautiful. Our products make it easy for the busy women of the twenty-first century to look and feel glamorous everyday."

 

Sephora
A great place to shop for make-up tools and accessories. We love their Matte Blotting Papers.

 

1940s Make Up Guide
Natural beauties (natural with "a little support") were the ideal of the forties.

 

Beauty is a Thing of the Past
Hairstyles & beauty tips.

 

Glamour Daze
An archive of vintage fashion and beauty.

 

Retrobelles.com - Glamour Blog
Bringing glamour back from the past.

 

YouTube: Glamour Daze
A Vintage Fashion and Beauty Archive from the Age of Glamour [ 1920's to the 1950's.] All videos posted here under US Fair Use Law and are assembled from footage and music believed to be in the public domain or library footage available for educational purposes only .

 

YouTube: Elegantly Amused
Hello! Welcome to "Elegantly Amused", where I share my love of past style with tutorials and general musings on fashion, beauty and the like. I have always been fascinated with the 1940s and 50s, and am thrilled to be able to share my love of these eras with you!

 

False Eyelash Tutorial
A tutorial on how to apply false eyelashes. From the Vintage Make-Up community on Live Journal.

 

The Ultimate Red Lipstick Post
From the Vintage Make-up community on Live Journal, members discuss their favorite modern day red lipstick brands & shades for achieving the perfect vintage pout.

 

Vintage Make-Up - Memorable Entries
Memorable entries from the Vintage Make-Up community on Live Journal



Vintage Make-Up Community at Livejournal 
This is a forum to discuss vintage makeup, vintage inspired looks, and the like.


Classic Fragrances
Find a classic fragrance that suits you.

 


 

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES - RESEARCH

My Vintage Vogue
This website is devoted to popular fashion from 1920's through the 1960's and to the designers, models & photographers which inspire us. My Vintage Vogue is a not for profit fashion archive which follows “The Fair Use Act”. The photographs are used solely for the purpose of discussion, education and inspiration. These images are not intended for any commercial purpose.

 

Flickr - myvintagevogue's Photostream
Welcome to my time machine - I like to think of myself as a curator or historian. The fashion photos are from 1920 through 1965. The lovely ladies of the silver screen were them selvesÙ style icons and so must be included in a page representing fashion from those years. I hope you enjoy and tell a friend.

 

Flickr - vintagesdvertisements' Photostream
Some of you might know my other photo stream www.flickr.com/photos/vintagevogue or my website myvintagevogue.com. I love these old ads and wanted a place just for them so here it is - enjoy.

 

Flickr - silent_screen_queen's Photostream

Fashion and popular culture from the 1910s into the early 1960s. Special stress on the 20s, 30s, and early 40s.
 

Flickr - Gold Stars For Tulip's Photostream
 

Vintage Stitches
Jessica H. Jaeger's website - 20th century fashion: research and archives.

 

Whitaker-Augusta Auction Company

North America's Only Auction House Specializing in Fashion and Textiles
 

Vintage Textile
Exquisite vintage clothing 1750-1980: Early Costume; 19th-20th century Couture; wearable designer fashion for the discriminating collector. Since 1998 exclusively on the internet, Vintage Textile has offered a wide selection of the best high-style clothing in all the major categories: Early, Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s, 1930s-1950s, 20th century Designer, Shawls/Textiles. We are proud to count major collectors and museums worldwide among our valued customers.

 

Karen Augusta Antique Lace & Fashion
A Catalog of the Exquisite and the unusual in Antique Clothing & Lace. 18th Century through Mid Twentieth Century

 

Antique Dress
The BEST of the BEST! Original Antique and Vintage Clothing for Sale from the 1800's through Today! Vintage Clothes, Vintage Gowns, Vintage Dresses, Vintage 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's 1970's, 1980's Clothes, Museum Collection Items, Antique Clothing, Antique Gowns, Regency Gowns, Victorian Gowns, Victorian Ensembles, Edwardian Whites, 1920's Flapper Dresses, Vintage Bridal Gowns, Wedding Accessories, Vintage Prom Dresses, Hollywood Memorabilia, Celebrity Gowns, Vintage Hats, Purses, Vintage Undergarments, Antique and Vintage Accessories, and more, including museum quality Bob Mackie Gowns!

 

Solemates: The Century In Shoes
A decade-by-decade look at the century in shoes. 

 

CoPA - Commercial Pattern Archive
The CoPA project electronically captures and records commercial pattern data in order to preserve these scattered and vanishing records of European and American culture.  

 

 


CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES - TO PURCHASE


Keinert's Dress Shields

Protect your clothing, original vintage or reproduction, from underarm perspiration damage!!! Since 1869, the world's authority on sweat protection. Kleinert's makes a variety of Dress and Garment Shields to suit your convenience and styling needs.


ONLINE STORES

Vintage - Original

eBay - Vintage Fashion
 

Etsy - Vintage
 

Vintage Martini

Your source for vintage clothing, designer resale, accessories and vintage sewing goodness.
 

Woodland Farms Vintage
Clothing and accessories from the American Civil War to the 1980s.

 

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion
"Here you'll find high quality vintage dresses, vintage coats, and vintage suits from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. We also offer a select grouping of vintage hats, purses, jewelry, and scarves."

 

Timeless Treasures Vintage Clothing Boutique
Timeless Treasures opened in Nov.1993 .Specializing in WONDERFUL vintage clothing & access. for guys/gals/kids. Hand picked by 2 FUSSY owners.(Dawn&Jim) We keep up with the trends.All items are for sale ONLY! *WHERE HOLLYWOOD SHOPS*

 

Rusty Zipper Vintage Clothing 
"Launched in November 1995, RustyZipper.com was the web's first vintage clothing store. Over the years, we've outgrown the spare closet & now have over 7,000 sq feet of warehouse space full of amazing stuff. We have thousands (over 29,000 at last count) of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing items from the 1940s through 1980s, all available to view & order online."

 

Vintage Vixen
Vintage Vixen Clothing Company is known for it's excellent variety of men's and women's apparel at modest prices, including vintage and antique garments along with accessories from the 1980s and before. We are committed to consistently bringing you the best vintage apparel worthy of your closet.

 

Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing has been online since 1997 selling unique ahead of the curve vintage clothing. Personal customer service, open 24 hours! Check out our 10 day return policy. At Ballyhoo you'll find Clothing for men and women from the 1930s to the 1980s with a focus on providing vintage fashion that is unexpected, unique and chosen with our customers in mind. Our Vintage Store is stocked with a large number of never worn items. We also pride ourselves on our selection of vintage plus size clothing.
 

Viva Vintage Clothing
At Viva Vintage Clothing, we revel in the quality and variety of past fashions. We add new vintage items frequently, hunting high and low for vintage dresses ranging from the beaded beauties of the 1920s to the tailored elegance of the 1930s and 1940s. We adore 1950s little black cocktail dresses, 1960s designer suits, slinky 1970s gowns and outrageous 1980s party dresses. Separates like cashmere sweaters and circle skirts can be topped off with our stylish collection of coats and jackets. You'll find accessories like handbags, the perfect hat, scarf or pair of shoes to complement your vintage outfit, and a sparkling selection of vintage costume jewelry. We also carry a small amount of vintage menswear, including suits, hats, ties and shirts.

 

Vintageous
Vintage clothing and accessories.

 

Posh Girl Vintage
We sell vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 1970s, and a few pieces from the 80s that are really cute. Formal & cocktail gowns and vintage prom dresses & 70s bohemian rich hippie style are also our specialties.


Vintage Virtuosa
An online boutique selling vintage clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes and more. Vintage dresses for all occasions, cocktail and party dresses, minis and maxis in all different styles from sophisticated evening to mod and retro hippie. Our separates department houses vintage tops and sweaters, pants and skirts. You can accessorize with our vintage handbags and shoes. Vintage clothing for Her plus hand selscted housewears for Her home. A complete Vintage Lifestyle at Vintage Virtuosa!


devoted2vintage
Vintage and Vintage Inspired clothing and accessories. Located in the UK.

 

Vintage Textile
Exquisite vintage clothing 1750-1980: Early Costume; 19th-20th century Couture; wearable designer fashion for the discriminating collector. Since 1998 exclusively on the internet, Vintage Textile has offered a wide selection of the best high-style clothing in all the major categories: Early, Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s, 1930s-1950s, 20th century Designer, Shawls/Textiles. We are proud to count major collectors and museums worldwide among our valued customers. 


Karen Augusta Antique Lace & Fashion 
A Catalog of the Exquisite and the unusual in Antique Clothing & Lace. 18th Century through Mid Twentieth Century 

 

Antique Dress 
The BEST of the BEST! Original Antique and Vintage Clothing for Sale from the 1800's through Today! Vintage Clothes, Vintage Gowns, Vintage Dresses, Vintage 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's 1970's, 1980's Clothes, Museum Collection Items, Antique Clothing, Antique Gowns, Regency Gowns, Victorian Gowns, Victorian Ensembles, Edwardian Whites, 1920's Flapper Dresses, Vintage Bridal Gowns, Wedding Accessories, Vintage Prom Dresses, Hollywood Memorabilia, Celebrity Gowns, Vintage Hats, Purses, Vintage Undergarments, Antique and Vintage Accessories, and more, including museum quality Bob Mackie Gowns! 




Vintage - Reproduction

reVamp Vintage
Ready-to-Wear and Made-to-Order vintage reproduction clothing. "reVamp produces authentic vintage inspired reproductions for both men and women, focusing on fashions designed between 1910-1950. Fabric and style combinations are limited to production runs of 25 garments enabling each piece to become a unique and collectible garment that will, like its forebearers, stand the test of time. All garments are produced in-house in Los Angeles to ensure our high standards of quality."
 

Wearing History Clothing

Ready to wear vintage revival clothing. All designed by Lauren of Wearing History, and ethically made in the USA! We do small runs of limited edition vintage revival styles. If you see something you like, get it quick because it may not be back!

Puttin' On The Ritz

Made-to-Order vintage reproduction clothing. Here you'll find the finest in 1930s and 1940s reproduction garments. Located in the UK, free international shipping on all orders.

1940s Style for You

We buy and sell original 1940s clothing and accessories. We also hand knit jumpers from original 1940s patterns. Located in the UK.

New Vintage Lady

Ready-to-Wear, plus-size vintage reproduction clothing and accessories.

Jitterbuggin Clothing
Ready-to-Wear 30s, 40s, & 50s vintage reproduction clothing. "Jitterbuggin Clothing Company is proud to present the absolute best in vintage reproduction apparel! Offering both ready-to-wear and one-of-a-kinds, you will find that what sets Jitterbuggin apart from the others is our distinct high-quality craftsmanship and historical accuracy. Jitterbuggin garments are made with modern comforts in mind while staying true to the glamour of all eras. All garments are handmade with love in Portland, Oregon."

Nudeedudee Clothing
Reproduction ready to wear from the 30s-50s, casual and sportswear styles.

La Vie en Swing
Ready-to-Wear 1920s, 1930s, & 1940s vintage reproduction clothing..

Heyday Vintage Style Clothing
We specialise in reproduction vintage style clothing from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. It looks just like it should, and comes with the ease of fit and care of modern clothes..

The House of Foxy
Purveyors of vintage style clothing inspired by the fashions of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s for the discerning lady.Vintage style dresses, separates and accessories..

Freddie's of Pinewood
1940s and 1950s jeans and casualwear for men and women..

Time Machine Vintage
Ready-to-Wear and Made-to-Order vintage reproduction clothing.

*Our Experience* --- A unit member purchased two garments (a blouse and trousers)  from the Made-to-Order line, the garments had issues with fit, and a visit to a tailor for fitting and alterations was necessary. 
 

Victory Stitches

Made-to-Order WWII Era reproduction clothing for the budget minded.


Foundation Garments

What Katie Did 
Faux vintage lingerie, corsetry, and hosiery inspired by designs from the 1940s and 1950s. 

 

Rago Shapewear
The Rago 1294 is a great girdle!

Secrets In Lace

Secrets In Lace is the world's premier supplier of authentic fully fashioned 100% nylon stockings, elegant lingerie, garter belts, girdles and bullet bras. Our products are worn by the worlds most famous and influential people. 

Orchard Corset

Alexis4U


Hosiery

Either full-fashioned or circular-knit, seamed rayon stockings are one of the most period appropriate choices for "sheer" hosiery in the U.S. during WWII, cotton stockings are also appropriate for daytime wear. You will have to search out vintage originals as these are currently not reproduced. Look for medium and heavy weights for daytime wear, service weights for sports and hard wear.

Sally Hansen Leg Makeup-- Leg paint  or makeup is also a very period appropriate option!

Sock Dreams-- Thigh Highs are good for cold weather wear, look for period appropriate colors and fibers.


Stockings for evening wear can be found at these retailers, stick with stockings that have the self-color seams (avoid contrast seams.) These very sheer stockings are not appropriate for day wear and should be avoided for everything but evening wear:

Fully Fashioned                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fully Fashioned Ltd. brand hosiery, newly manufactured fully-fashioned seamed nylon stockings with four heel styles. Made in the UK. (Stick with the plain colour.)

StockinGirl

Seamed, fully-fashioned nylon stockings. 
Seamed stockings from the UK's leading stockings and tights shop.


Footwear

Re-Mix Shoes

Classic vintage reproduction footwear. Re-mix shoes are faithful reproductions of classic styles from the 1920's to the 1950's....famous for the sporty comfort of our wedges, sexy 1940's high heels, classic pumps, 1930's lace up oxfords, saddle shoes, Penny loafers, White bucks, Blue Suede Shoes and more....

DanceStore.com 
Aris Allen Swing Dance Shoes - vintage inspired styles.

American Duchess
Historical footwear and accessories.

Royal Vintage Shoes 
Your curated collection of vintage style shoes from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Rocket Originals

We're based in Sheffield in the U.K. We've been collecting and wearing vintage clothing from the 1940's and 1950's and been on the "scene" for over 30 years now since when were teenagers - and we don't intend to change now. As for our business, we have our own range of Rocket Originals' shoes for men and women manufactured, we're very fussy in trying to get things right (yep, we drive our manufactures up the wall at times!) and try to get them as authentic as possible, they're made from original patterns in most cases. Our ladies sweaters are also manufactured in England. All the designs are taken from vintage knitting patterns, and one of the companies we use still has a vintage mechanical knitting machine, so we have some of ours knitted on that (very authentic!)

Kevin Garlick Shoemaker
Handmade historical shoes.

Miss L-Fire
Vintage inspired shoes and accessories, 1930s-1960s.

Muffy's

The ultimate source for saddle shoes.



BRICK & MORTAR STORES
Mens Hats & Accessories; located in Milwaukee's Bayview neighborhood, 2479 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Milwaukee, WI. 414-988-5222
Milwaukee's premier hats and accessories shop. Offering the finest men's hats in a wide variety of styles, from historic to contemporary. Cleaning, shaping, blocking, banding, sizing, freshening, custom made hats, bands & feathers, traditional shaving goods, cufflinks, braces, kitsch, hand turned pens and gifts from Speak Easy, custom iron work from Milwaukee blacksmith, leather goods all in a traditionally designed shop. We do not believe in selling hats online. To get the right hat you have to come in and try them on, get measured, and experience customer service the way it should be done. Stop in at the Brass Rooster. We got you covered.
 

Heir Apparent
Largest selection of vintage clothing and accessories in the Milwaukee area. This boutique also features period furniture, pottery and art. Located in the Riverview Antique Market- 175 S. Water St.; Milwaukee, WI; 414-278-9999 and Antiques on Second- 1039 S. 2nd St.; Milwaukee, WI; 414-645-9640.

 

Dime a Dance

Come share the past with our antique accessories, jewelry, linens and incredible selections of vintage clothing. Relax  and explore the possibilities of our always changing shops. 2 Locations-- In the Shops of  Cedar Creek Settlement at the corner of Bridge Rd. & Washington Ave. Cedarburg, WI. 262-377-5054   and   1134 S. 1st St. Milwaukee, WI 414-383-3036 . Facebook Page-- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dime-A-Dance/159117427452345
Tip Top Atomic Shop is Milwaukee Wisconsin's only one source Rockabilly store. We specialize in 40's, 50's and 60's vintage clothing. We also carry atomic modern Eames Era household furnishings from the 40's 50's 60's as well as the best in new reproduction retro styled lounge shirts and pinup girl dresses, bowling shirts, and hawaiian attire.We are an authorized Heywood Wakefield distributor.  Lots of collectibles, antiques and jewerly. If you can't make it to our store in person then be sure to vist the online store or eBay and pick up some crazy cool retro inspired household goodies and great vintage & rockabilly clothing. Located in Milwaukee's Bayview neighborhood, 2343 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Milwaukee, WI. 414-486-1951
 

Dragonfly
Vintage, retro & modern. Furniture, clothing, accessories, housewares, gifts. Located on Milwaukee's lower east side in the Brady St. neighborhood, 1117 E. Brady St. Milwaukee, WI. 414-271-1244 

 

Annie's 2nd Hand Chic

We sell men's and women's clothing, shoes, accessories, and collectibles from the 40s to current fashion. Annie's specializes in vintage and used clothing that features the finest in MOVIE STAR gowns, BOMBSHELL minis, FLOWERCHILD frocks, PSYCHEDELIC slacks, PUNK leather, DESIGNER duds, and KITCHY collectibles. Located on Milwaukee's lower east side in the Brady St. neighborhood, 1668 N. Warren Ave. Milwaukee, WI.
414-727-5586
 
We aren't your typical resale shop. Instead, we are a Buy / Sell / Trade clothing Store. This means that our entire inventory was bought from customers just like you. Premium Selections. Affordable Prices. Creative, irresistible, cool, modern, vintage, new, used, recycled, fashions and accessories for men and women. Everything you'll need to put together a one-of-a-kind outfit for a once-in-a-lifetime price. Located in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, 2943 N. Humboldt Blvd. Milwaukee, WI. 414-263-1690
 

Boutique Vieux et Nouveau
Modern and vintage fashion for the hip woman.
 Located on Milwaukee's lower east side in the Brady St. neighborhood, 1217 E. Brady St. Milwaukee, WI. 414-287-9049  

 

Fischberger's

Fischberger's is a funky-yet-practical variety store in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. It specializes in retro, wooden and educational toys; housewares; sewing needs and vintage clothing. Located at 2445 N. Holton St. Milwaukee, WI. 414-263-1991     

A Vintage Shop
We've got vintage clothing for the entire family. From 1850 to 1980, you'll find it here along with all the accessories. For your home, we've got Shabby Chic, American Art Pottery, Glassware, Books, Linens and Draperies. Located at 227 E. Mill St. Plymouth, WI. 920-893-1948

 

E-Collectique

Authentic designer and couture vintage fashions. Runway & Estate costume jewelry and accessories. Located at 234 E. Dekora St. Saukville, WI.
262-536-4537     
Chicagoland Show in Elgin, IL and Twin Cities Shows in St. Paul, MN. There is indeed something for everyone at the Vintage Show, from fun and funky wearables for those of you too hip to shop retail, to Victorian museum pieces and designer evening gowns for the serious collector. Oh, and did we mention jewelry? (Gobs) Accessories? (Tons) You won't believe how much fun this is . . .
 
Antiques, art, fashion, vintage treasures, food, music. Chicago, IL

 

 SEWING & NEEDLE ARTS
Sewing - Reference

How to Date Vintage Sewing Patterns
 

The Vintage Sewing Pattern Wiki
 

Casey's Vintage Pattern Primer

New Vintage Lady - The Vintage Pattern Primer: Reading Vintage Patterns

Vintage Pattern Sizing

Working With Vintage Patterns

How to Re-Size a Pattern
 

Making Sense of Pattern Grading
 

Threads
For people who love to sew.

 

VintageSewing.info
Your primary source for recreating vintage fashions. Vintage Sewing Reference Library, Inc. offers free online access to public domain sewing books.

 

CoPA - Commercial Pattern Archive
The CoPA project electronically captures and records commercial pattern data in order to preserve these scattered and vanishing records of European and American culture.

 

The Great Pattern Review
The Great Pattern Review is an ongong project. The goal is to provide a forum to share our knowledge and to be helpful and encouraging to both sewers and pattern makers. the reviews are the individual opinions based upon the subjective experience of the sewer, and are not an endorsement by GBACG. 



Sewing - Patterns

Vintage4me2 All Original Vintage Sewing Patterns 
 

Vintage Pattern Lending Library

The Vintage Pattern Lending Library preserves, archives, and replicates historic fashion patterns from 1840 through 1950, vintage sewing publications, and fashion prints of the past. We believe that these wonderful resources ought to be shared and used, not merely stored away. high quality, user-friendly print replications of our patterns and copies of our publications are available for purchase to our guests and purchase or loan to Library members
 

The Blue Gardenia
Original vintage sewing patterns, vintage costume jewelry. Where the patterns are counted, the jewelry is sparkling, and domestic shipping is free.

 

MomsPatterns

Offering you HUNDREDS of original vintage sewing patterns & shipping discounts worldwide!
 

Vintage Martini
Original vintage patterns.

 

Woodland Farms Vintage

Original vintage patterns.

So Vintage Patterns

Original vintage patterns, worldwide shipping.
 

Vintage Pattern Marketplace

Heavens to Betsy Vintage
Specializing in original vintage sewing patterns from the 1930s - 1980s and select newer patterns.

 

eBay - 1930s Vintage Sewing Patterns 

 

Wearing History

Reproduction and original historical sewing patterns. Wearing History offers new patterns to home sewers who are interested in historical or vintage style patterns.  Patterns are inspired by or based on historic period originals. When using a Wearing History pattern you do not have to be afraid of harming a delicate original vintage pattern and they cost a fraction of the price of purchasing an original rare vintage pattern. 
 

New Vintage Lady
Proud to stock one of the largest rotations of original plus size vintage patterns and reproductions. I specialize in plus size vintage paterns (but carry items of all sizes!), reproduction patterns 40-inch bust and over, clothing, notions, and vintage inspired creations often of my own design.
 

 

Pattern Retrospective

A division of EvaDress. Original vintage patterns and reproduction patterns.

Decades of Style

We offer high-quality reproduction sewing patterns and we have nine sizes available in every style from bust size 30" up through bust size 46! Select sizes are available in twelve sizes. We faithfully reproduce the original designs so you will have the opportunity to make these breath taking garments!
 
Reproduction patterns.
 

Sense & Sensibility Patterns

Original historical patterns.
Reproduction and original historical patterns.
 
Reproduction vintage patterns from the Vogue Archives. Even though they are vintage reproductions, they fit like modern sewing patterns and have large amounts of ease, which is not appropriate for clothing of the 1930s & 1940s. Stitcher be warned, make a mock-up first. (Regardless, you should always make a mock-up first!) Search eBay for out of print designs.
Reproduction vintage patterns from the Simplicity Archives. A Mock-Up is suggested, the patterns may have the same modern fit issues as the Vintage Vogue. Search eBay for out of print designs.
 
Reproduction vintage patterns from the Butterick Archives. A Mock-Up is suggested, the patterns may have the same modern fit issues as the Vintage Vogue. Search eBay for out of print designs.


Sewing - Fabric

Fashion Fabrics Club Online

Denver Fabrics

Mood Designer Fabrics

Fabric.com

Harts Fabrics

Vogue Fabrics

Reproduction Fabrics

Thai Silks

Trim Fabric

Britex Fabrics

Fabrics-Store.com

Spoonflower

B&J Fabrics

Fabric Mart

NY Fashion Center Fabrics

AK Fabrics

G Street Fabrics

Haberman Fabrics

Whaleys Bradford Ltd.

B. Black & Sons

Hancock's of Paducah

Fabric Depot

Southern Fabric

Emma One Stock

Fishman's Fabrics

Wm. Booth, Draper

Revival Fabrics

Cali Fabrics

Michael Levine, Inc.

Scissor Happy

Quiltin' Gals

eQuilter.com

Farmhouse Fabrics

Burnley & Trowbridge

Renaissance Fabrics

LZ's (Textile Discount Outlet) - Located on Chicago's south side, LZ's encompasses one entire city block, there are three floors of fabric shopping heaven (or hell, depending on your viewpoint). This place needs to be experienced in person as their website does not offer online shopping.


Sewing - Trims




 COOKERY
 

 


 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS & PRINTED MATERIAL

Home Away From Home: The Story of the USO
By: Julia M.H. Carson, official USO Historian (1946)


Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun: The Story of USO Hostesses during World War II
By: Meghan K. Winchell (2008)


Always Home: 50 Years of the USO--The Official Photographic History
By: Frank Coffey (1991)


Songs From the Girl Back Home: USO Camp Shows, Inc.
By: Ruth Dixon (2004)


Over Here, Over There: The Andrews Sisters and the USO Stars in World War II
By: Maxene Andrews (1994)


Four Jills in a Jeep
By: Carole Landis (1944)


The B.O.W.S.: The Barretts of Wimpole Street
By: Margalo Gillmore (1945)


New Yorkers Jam Rally for U.S. Service Men's Clubs
LIFE Magazine: 2 June 1941, page 32


National Defense vs. Veneral Disease: U.S. Government Fights to Protect Its New Soldiers
By: Francis Sill Wickware
LIFE Magazine: 13 October 1941, page 128


USO In Peace and War It Has Proven It's Worth
LIFE Magazine: 29 June 1942, page 70


Checker King Shows Marines Tricks of the Game with Mobile USO Unit
LIFE Magazine: 16 November 1942, page 154


Life Goes on Tour with a USO Camp Show
LIFE Magazine: 12 November 1945, page 137


 


 

REENACTING & LIVING HISTORY

WWII Historical Re-enactment Society, Inc.
"Since 1975, the WWII Historical Reenactment Society has brought history to life as an educational hobby, providing its members and the public with an authentic, safe time machine to the 1940s, using authentic uniforms, equipment, and vehicles. The membership of our organization is composed of historians, teachers, students, military collectors, veterans, and others interested in the Second World War. Members provide displays and battle simulations for the public, tactical simulations for members, school presentations, veteran's reunions, air show displays, parade participation, and other community events when called upon. The WW II Historical Reenactment Society is dedicated to keeping World War Two history alive and in the public eye and to honor the veterans as well as preserving World War Two artifacts. We look forward to continuing in our mission to grow interest in historical re-enacting as an educational hobby."


Warbirds Living History Group
"The Warbirds Living History Group is made up of historians from all over North America who come together for one week every year at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As an interpretive resource of Warbirds of America, the group assembles a World War Two airfield display and provides authentically uniformed and equipped personnel for Warbird photo layouts, forums and presentations.Our members are all volunteers who provide their own equipment and resources."