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Stepping Out: 1941

Stepping Out: 1941

Detroit, summer 1941. "Getting ready to go out. Girl straightening seam in her stockings and another girl combing her hair." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel for the Farm Security Administration.

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How do I look?

"Are my seams straight?"
"Yes, but your legs are crooked."

Shoes, Dress, Spread

Love the shoes and the dress on the left. I have a white chenille bedspread very much like the one in the photo. Mine is probably vintage to that time or shortly afterward. Chenille is making a comeback, believe it or not!

Re: Size 12

I'm sure it was, a size twelve in 1941 was 30, 25, 33, that's a size zero now.

They look

healthy. No anorexia or bulemia there. It was a great time to be a size 12


I guess I have always loved girls who wear dresses and stockings. Nice.

Not to be too obvious, but...

Nice gams.

I Want...

Those shoes. Mind you, I wouldn't say no to legs like that either!

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