[image: the August 1914 cover of The Woman’s Magazine, which shows a woman in a pink dress lolling in a peculiarly shaped wicker chair. The seat is an ardinary size, but then the wicker balloons out a couple of feet.]
[image: line drawing of a sleekly fashionable woman pulling up her skirt to show one extended foot. Caption reads, “This is No Economizer.”]
Arthur G. Dove’s illustration work might not be as good as his serious art, but it’s a lot more entertaining.
The story it illustrates—“Disorderly Conduct,” by Arthur Crabb—is pretty entertaining too, although to be honest some of it made very little sense.
[image: a black and white illustration showing a group of people scattered around a room, some sitting and some standing. A man and a woman converse at center, he facing toward the viewer, she away. Caption reads “At the end of the evening he managed to say a word alone with Miss Warren. ‘You have a rather bright green suit?’ he asked.”]
“Letty’s Hill to Understanding”, by Grace Allen. Illustrated by Maurice L. Bower.
Letty is the eldest of kind of a lot of kids, and her mother is dead. This, I suppose, is the story of her struggle not to become a drudge. Kathleen Norris compared it to Pollyanna, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and Molly Make-Believe (yes, people used to get that Eleanor Hallowell Abbot is awesome) and I guess Kathleen Norris wasn’t a bad person to get a blurb from.
Spring/Summer 1925 catalogue, Bella Hass
Love this image - it’s like everyone is GESTURING to show what a GAY OLD TIME they’re having. “People! Move your arms! Spontaneously! And smile! You’re a a party, so act naturally!” It would be much more believable if they were waving around some bathtub gin.
This illustrates how even catalogues like Bella Hass could be a season or two behind the mode…these hem lengths were already out of fashion in Paris and New York.
“People! Move your arms! Spontaneously! And smile! You’re a a party, so act naturally!” = LMAO.
That black dress is quite exquisite…