I found this fine men's clothing catalog and thought I would share it with you all. This catalog features styles for the Spring and Summer of 1910 (100 years ago!). The, catalog by Hart Schaffner & Marx, features hand made clothes by the Itasca Mercantile Company of Hibbing, Minnesota. Hart Schaffner & Marx still exists today: http://www.hartschaffnermarx.com
To give you a scope of what was happening in time in 1910, the Ford Model T had just started rolling off factory floors 2 years prior and the Titanic wouldn't sink until 2 years later. William Taft was President and there were only 46 States (minus: NM, AZ, AK, HI). The Boy Scouts of America had just been founded and Mulberry Street in New York City looked like this on any given day:
What I find most interesting are the notes accompanying each illustration; eloquently stating the important things to look for in fine clothing. Enjoy!
That is because they wore detachable starched high collars. The fashion for soft collars - which is all that we really see today - did not happen until after after World War One. It only happened because of the number of men that served in the military with the attached soft collar uniforms.
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