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I found this photo, which dates from the 1930's, in an antique store in Simi Valley, California, and was impressed by what a totally unflattering outfit the grandmother had on. But it is a slice of what real people looked like during those great depression years, as opposed to the glamorous Hollywood recreations we see, where everyone gets fashionable and flattering clothes. View full size.