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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 19th August, 2016)

1940s Day

1940s Day
1940s Day at Haigh Hall.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Ab on 19th August 2016 at 11:58

What about a 1920s, 1930s, 1950s or 1960s day?. I wonder why they're always to do with the 1940s? because of the war probably. Nothing nostalgic and celebratory about wars.

Comment by: Vb on 19th August 2016 at 12:23

Somehow the girl looks more 1960's to me with her shirtwaister dress -they both look very nice anyway!

Comment by: Anne on 19th August 2016 at 14:06

Vb.... I was thinking mid to late fifties.

Comment by: Vb on 19th August 2016 at 15:08

I had a dress like that one in bright orange Anne it was 1963 just about the time the Beatles were becoming the 'in thing'.- then fashion changed. I have the photograph to this day -near Haigh Hall fish pond!

Comment by: irene roberts on 19th August 2016 at 15:59

We were there....the lady looked lovely; she was with another lady who also looked lovely.

Comment by: irene roberts on 19th August 2016 at 16:49

Vb,the event and above photo were also near the fish-pond! I was lucky enough to get an original 1940s dress the week before the Haigh Event....it's even older than me and I love it! All my other 1940s outfits are modern, except for a stripey jumper I have, but it is amazing what a hat, a basket, a fox-fur and a pair of seamed tights will do to bring the forties to life. Well done to all who attended, especially the "evacuee" children.....they were a picture! x.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 19th August 2016 at 18:36

Irene you and Peter looked fantastic, I've sent a photograph of you both to P-a-D I hope it's chosen. Congratulations on winning the 1st prize. It was a very good atmosphere and thanks must go to The Frends of Haigh for organising the day they do so much for the park and our town.

Comment by: Vb on 19th August 2016 at 19:38

Looking forward to seeing the photo Irene - good snapshot Tom.

Comment by: irene roberts on 19th August 2016 at 19:41

Thankyou, Tom. It was lovely to see you, and also Ray with the lovely old car. There are pics in today's Evening Post. x.

Comment by: Anne on 19th August 2016 at 20:04

Irene, where do you buy seamed stockings from. Are they for real or are they tights

Comment by: Ron D on 19th August 2016 at 20:40

The forties . A lot of uniforms about, and tin hats. No toffee and black out.

Comment by: irene roberts on 19th August 2016 at 21:06

They are tights, Anne, and they are from the tights stall in Wigan Market Hall. They do stockings too but I have never worn stockings... I don't like them. There are a couple of photos of us at the event on "Communicate", Vb, under "General". The thread is headed Fabulous Forties Event, or something very similar and was started by jo-anne. It is still on the recent threads.

Comment by: Vb on 19th August 2016 at 23:03

Just seen 'The Dress' it is gorgeous and to think it is authentic! Hope you put the mothballs in the wardrobe when you hang it up! Please tell us how you got it -it will be interesting to know!

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th August 2016 at 07:32

Thankyou, Vb. We were at Saddleworth 1940s last weekend, (6th Aug), and it was on a stall there selling vintage clothes. There were only tiny pop-up tents in which to try clothes, and they kept falling over, so Peter and my friend had to hold the tent steady. The dress fastens at the side with press-studs and I had a job to get it over my head in this little tent; it was like a Carry-On Film with the tent toppling over and Peter and Denise chuckling outside! However, when I eventually emerged, looking like I'd been dragged through a hedge, and with passers-by staring at this mad woman, the sales-lady brought a mirror so I could see it and I just fell for it! It smelled WORSE than mothballs and was grubby and creased, but in my mind's eye I could see it as it must once have been. It is crepe-de-chine and I suspect it is home-made as there is no label. I was terrified of trusting it to the dry-cleaners in case it shrunk before I had even worn it, so I dunked it in a lather of washing-powder in the sink, (the resultant water was filthy!). I dunked it twice more in fresh suds, then in Lenor, and I just hung it out dripping wet on the line and let it drip dry, then pressed it. I wonder about the lady who made it, and where she wore it, and I feel so happy that it has had another chance to shine. Peter bought me a fur cape at Lytham as an early birthday present, (my birthday is in October), so I can wear the dress on cooler days without having to cover it with a coat, as the cape is quite warm. So that's the story.....Cinderella may be getting on a bit, but she SHALL go to the ball! x.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 20th August 2016 at 07:46

Enjoyed reading all the nice comments & the young lady in the photo looks lovely. We have a 40s weekend here where I live & its good to see all the younger people taking part & putting their own take on 40s clothing. Nostalgia for a time gone.

Comment by: vb on 20th August 2016 at 11:49

Thats lovely Irene. I must say I thought you had some extra coupons being a doctor's wife!! Or even a rich American relative who sent it to you as they weren't rationed like us!!! Anyway you did a good job on it and your wardrobe is expanding - Ingrid Bergman eat your heart out!!!

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