Wednesday, 26 February 2014

It's time to accessorise!

It is said that accessories make an outfit, well that is just as true for men as it is for a woman. Have a wander through the accessories that people used to wear in the photos below, drawn from the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries.

Some things like bow ties and belts don't look much different from today but you don't see many people wearing bows that large in their hair, as sported by the ladies and children in the first decade of the 20th century!

Bow ties:
Ref: 601-192B, the Masters McLauchlin, c. 1924, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-66350, the Lyric Quartette, 1911, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-66166, McDougal group, 1911, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Handbags:
Ref: 31-56307, portrait of Miss Donne, c. 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 3JTD-05K-03082-2, the snake charmer, 1942, West Auckland Research Centre
Ref: FMO-041-00034-G, Bertha Morris, c. 1930s, West Auckland Research Centre

Belts:

Ref: 31-55760, portrait of Miss Doxey, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-55776, portrait of Master Eyre, c. 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-63826, unidentified men in front of a tent, 1911, Sir George Grey Special Collections

 Watches:

Ref: 31-58303, portrait of Mr Parker with a watch chain and charm, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-65517, portrait of Miss Johns, 1911, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 601-2316A, Miss Ward, c. 1924, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Bows:
Ref: 31-55700, portrait of Miss Coleman, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-58304, Robertson group, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: 31-56469, portrait of the Boardman girls, 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections

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