1912 - 1914 Fashion Plates from Le Gazette du Bon Ton, Pt. 2
"The Bridal Train" (1933) by Frank Owen Salisbury (1874-1962).
Bertha of Holland
Born c. 1055 – Died 1093
As the first wife of King Philip I of France, Bertha was queen consort of the Franks from 1072 until 1092. After nine years of childlessness, the royal couple had three children, including Philip’s successor, Louis the Fat.
Philip grew tired of Bertha and repudiated her in 1092 in order to marry the already married Bertrade de Montfort. His reason for this was supposedly because she was too fat, though he himself was too obese to ride a horse.
The second picture shows Phillip and Bertrade marrying whith Bertha locked in a tower above.
Photoset with 7 notes
The other day I went to a yard sale I saw advertised in the laundromat window (I saw it as I was walking back from the post office, where I mailed a cover letter and résumé, cross your fingers for me!). I just meant to get a salt shaker and new computer speakers, but there was this kind of industrial-looking old electric machine for $25. I hemmed and hawed for a while because I live with my mother in a very small Victorian house and there is no room for anything else - there is no room for what we already have. I also work 10-15 hours a week and should not be buying anything. But in the end I gave in, figuring I could at least sell it for what I paid somewhere, especially if I could explain more details about the model and history.
I found out that it’s a 1941 Singer 99, and the crinkle (or Godzilla) finish - which I took to mean it was a cheap/bulk industrial model - is actually somewhat rare. It’s seen on models produced during and after the war years, and while it looks like something related to wartime shortages, it isn’t really, although it might have been a marketing scheme: “Buy a rough-looking Singer, you shouldn’t have fancy things right now, there’s a war on!” IDK.
In the afternoon I tried it out and had a lot of tension issues, but this morning Mom and I worked on it, took it apart in a few places, cleaned it some, etc. and it seems to be working very well, as you can see! The light bulb burnt out when I first tried to turn it on, but I have very good eyes so it’s not an issue right now. The motor works, the pedal works, the cord is a little gross in the way that plastics get after decades but still whole. I do still intend to sell it (the crinkle finish seems to be collectible), but I will probably be using it for a while. These cast iron machines hold up very well - someday we’re going to have to fix up our inherited 1871 Singer 12 treadle machine, it needs a couple of parts as well as cleaning, but there are plenty of people today who still do their sewing with a treadle!
Some sites I’ve been using to learn about, run and/or work on the machine:
Empress Maria Theresa (detail) | Martin van Meytens | 18th century
Flower Pot Dress and Cardigan, ca. 1925-26
via The Met
Portrait of sisters Malvina Ann Louise and Hilda Sophie Charlotte Reventlow in the forest, Detail.
by August Heinrich Schiott (1823-1895)
Fashion plate from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1864.
Edwardian platinum, seed pearl and diamond pendant-necklace with a removable medallion drop, circa 1900.
Pictured right is Lily Elsie wearing a similar necklace.
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