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    Posted 4 months ago

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    My dear friend Billretirecoll found these 2 Godey's Lady's fashion prints from September 1868 and January 1869. They are Kimmel & Forster originals taken from Godey's books and measure 11.25"x 9.25", folded originally in the book, but laid flat for framing possibly in the 1950s-1970's as popular images. I don't know for sure when these were framed. I took them out of the frame to show their original size and beauty. Both were framed by Anderson Artist Supply, 80 N. Ionia Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Thank you Bill for remembering I love antique fashion - I love these!!


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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 months ago
      These are awesome!!
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Thank you Thomas for your love.
      Thank you Scott - yes, they are really great! I love the bright hand-painted colors. It must have been a hard sell right after the Civil War.
    3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 months ago
      Great! My #1 Mary, they look more beautiful out of the frames in Your Photos, Great Post! I'm so glad that You enjoy these Godey's Prints, but I knew that You would! :^D Thanks for Posting, Bill :^)
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Yes! I LOVE these. I am keeping the matts, but might cut them down to fit in a smaller frame, not sure yet. One arrived with broken glass, so I thought it was better to take both back to their originals and then reframe. The colors are so lovely! Thank you so much! These are very special. Thank you dear friend.
    5. dav2no1 dav2no1, 4 months ago
      Love the pull toy. Great colors...
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Yes Dave - the 6 lambs!
    7. dav2no1 dav2no1, 4 months ago
      Is that damage under the green dress? The shape gets blurry as I blow it up, but looks like a baby
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      Mary, the fashions of days gone by are just beautiful. Back in 9th. Grade, I did a report on Renaissance fashion. My dear talented Mother charcoal drew pictures of the fashions for me to show to the class. I still have them!
      If I could dress in any era, it would be the 1940’s! The clothes were spectacular! (and sexy)!
    9. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      To Dave, it is a small “fence” around grass!
      But I can see the alligator ha!
    10. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 4 months ago
      Here's an Alligator that looks like the little white spot that's under the Green Dress! :^D

    11. keramikos, 4 months ago
      valentino97, Cool. :-)

      In an attempt to find online copies of those particular plates:

      I fell down a minor rabbit hole (page 456 of Godey's magazine. v.76-77 1868):


      THE GRECIAN BEND.—Would it be believed that any sane woman would adopt as a fashion the Grecian Bend—or, as it is more properly called, the Colic Stoop? Yet we find that it was attempted at Saratoga, that fashionable place of immorality. The position is that of a poodle dog, standing on his hind legs with his fore paws before him, his tail answering for the protuberance introduced into the dress. It is firmly believed by many that if Fashion should decree that her votaries should imitate the walk of the porcine order of four-footed animals, there would be many to follow the Fashion. It is said that the Grecian Bend was originated by a young lady who had spine disease. We once wrote about the "Grecian Wriggle"—the way that ladies contrive to get their dress over a gutter without touching it with their hands—but this is beautiful compared with the Grecian Bend.


      Fashion or style can indeed be beautiful, but sometimes not so much.
    12. keramikos, 4 months ago
      Oops, page 457:
    13. dav2no1 dav2no1, 4 months ago
      Thanks Bill...I thought I was the only one that saw it..ha ha
    14. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 months ago
      Very nice!
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Thanks everyone for the comments:
      Dave - This print was damaged in shipping - the glass broke on the lighter print. So I decided to take both out of their frames and there are a few white scratches. I don't care, I love these and plan to reframe.
    16. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Eileen - thanks for loving! I LOVE 1940's too and have some good patterns and fabrics and LOL bakelite buttons, buckles to make a suit or a long coat. Love that your Mom helped with your Renaissance fashion project! My Mom was our 4-H leader and she was a Home-Ec teacher so I learned sewing from her. She also found vintage magazines, patterns, prints at junk stores over the years and sent them my way. RIP Mom 2021.
    17. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Keramikos - I appreciate your wonderful research! Thank you for sharing this link on Godey's Ladies publications. I am thankful I didn't live or dress in those times. But, I enjoy research of fashions from our past.
    18. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Mrs T - thank you for your nice comment.
    19. valentino97 valentino97, 1 month ago
      Looking at these again from Bill which are vibrant and I need to frame.

      Also to say thanks friends for stopping by with love:
      Thomas, Vynil, Scott, Dave, Fort, Vcal, Jenni, Kevin, Kyra, Eileen, Ms. Mani, MrsT, kwqd, Lori, Aura, Vintagelamp, Watchsearcher, Daisy, Dawnlady, Pandora....hope I didn't forget anyone - thank you!
    20. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 month ago
      Back for a 2nd look.
      Can you imagine how long it took to get dressed back in the day?
      Layer after layer….
    21. valentino97 valentino97, 1 month ago
      Yes Eileen - a very long time to get dressed. And hot too.

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