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...was not this summer, this summer is the second hottest since records have been kept. The hottest was 1906, which immediately made me think of what one might be wearing during the summer of 1906. The corsetry would be tricky on these 100+ fahrenheit days, but the parasols, white cotton and big hats could be good.
These first three photos are by Edward Linley Sambourne. If you haven’t seen the photos by the amateur photographer, please google his name to see them all. They are exceptionally candid for the era. It turns out there was a heatwave in England during August and September of 1906, which drove people to the seaside.
I love to think of this croquet champion conquering the heat in her fine white cotton.
This girl (in another of Sambourne’s photos) would need to have good balance with that hat on her bicycle.
“Afternoon frocks are of filmy materials” perfect for a garden party on an extra warm day:
A girl more humbly turned out in the summer of 1906:
If I were living through Spokane’s very hot 1906, I would want to go to Davenport’s to sip something icy:
But I think I’d be most eager to get home to slip into something like this:
In 1974, Spokane was smallest city ever to host a World Exposition. It is now the 40th anniversary of Expo ’74, and the denizens of my smallish city are still feeling the fair’s positive impact.
Today’s scarf (a vintage souvenir from the fair) is one I’ve been pulling out quite a bit this year in tribute to the anniversary. It features the Möbius strip, symbol of the fair which was the first to have an environmental theme.
Thinking 70s, I made a wide headband of my oblong scarf, and included a twist à la Möbius.
Some store shots from Eye Candy’s Facebook page:
For many shop owners I’ve met here, the store is their Dream Come True—their heart and soul is thoroughly in it. Further, they are tasked with making their rent, paying bills and other brick-and-mortar store realities. They need customers.
But there’s a selfish side to this too: I need to go into a shop and browse. Especially with Christmas coming, I remember very fondly the days when I, as a young girl, would go into shops with my mother, the idea being to find a present for someone in particular. I would let my imagination roam as I looked at things and carefully picked them up and turned them around. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but this was just as good if not better, this non-keyword search. I found a music box that played a tune my father always sang, I found gloves that perfectly matched my mother’s blue eyes. I found books and toys and napkins and jewelry that I had no idea I was looking for until I found them.
I’m pretty certain that Anita is going to make it. She’s got style and talent and passion, and her dream is most likely going to find a new way to take shape. I just wish her lovely little store wasn’t closing. (If you are in Spokane, she is offering 50% off most items right now. The store is located at 3017 North Monroe.)
Now, I just need to make sure I go to the other shops I am glad are open. Here are just a few, with images from the stores’ Facebook pages and websites.
|Wonders of the World|
Painting by Ric Gendron from Tinman Gallery
|Atticus Coffee and Gifts|
|Tossed and Found|
|The Chocolate Apothecary|
Spokane is pretty well shut down today, with 20 inches of new snow in one day. I took these shots out my windows. I haven't made it out, but the Mr. has shoveled.
I think it is my fault for being terribly sentimental when I watched White Christmas two days ago, especially about Irving Berlin's song "Snow."