International Women’s Day

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A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.
― Coco Chanel

Chisme Chick wishes every lady a Happy International Women’s Day! We celebrate your hard work in times of war or peace. Thank you for your service to your nation and families.

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Flappers

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Flappers challenged social standards with their short, bobbed hair and their new fashion sense. The roaring 1920s ushered public bathing practices. The historic Pavilion in Newport Beach, California, was built in 1906. It was designed as a bathing house for individuals to change into their beach attire.
The beach culture developed with more revealing swimsuits. Nationwide, police often cited women without conservative standards. Yet, these women created a more relaxed, anti-corset look that influenced women’s everyday style.
This photo was taken on June 20, 1920 for the Bathing Girl Parade at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach, California.
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Women’s History Month

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Today marks the start of Women’s History Month. Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said in the 1970s, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” We are mesmerized by the incredible ladies who paved the path for future generations as trailblazers.

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Bombshells

realbombgirls, circa 1943

The term bombshell is a fitting word for the women of the WWII era. It refers to the explosive effects that women had on the viewer based on one’s beauty. It also connects to their war jobs at munition factories. They produced militaryequipment at top speeds. Factories became a source of liberation for young women who ventured out into the world. According to the National Women’s History Museum “wages in munitions plants and aircraft factories averaged more than those for traditional female jobs. Women abandoned traditional jobs, particularly domestic service, to work in war production plants offering 40 percent higher wages. Women who entered war production were primarily working-class wives, widows, divorcees, and students who needed the money.”[1] In women’s new liberated life, they learned a manufacturing craft and aided the Ally cause.

These new gatherings tested the former social limits for male and female relations. Louise Johnson, who worked at Defense Industries Limited in Ajax, Ontario, she met her future husband during her shift. When they finished their shifts, young adults would often gather in the dancing halls to relax and celebrate their daily success of living and trying to sustain other lives abroad. In these night scenes, big band music would create a sensational environment in which to jive and demonstrate other skills such as flirting. These relationships would later be the foundation of the new generation of Baby Boomers who solidified their unions in marriage. The years of rationing and waiting would cause an economic surge in the post-war years. Consumption levels would boom since an incredible amount of new households were created which needed all the basics such as appliances, furniture, and other décor. But in this realm, women would be requested as their civic duty to return home and serve their family. America desired a “return to normalcy” in the post-war years.

[1] https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/partners/26.htm

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Winter White Throw

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“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our handmade white throw contrasts perfectly against any background, especially nature. It’s the perfect blanket to place on a couch, use as a bedspread, or keep in your car for outdoors. We’ve used them at the beach and forest as ground cover to relax and read. These throws are made of 100% acrylic yarn and are machine washable. They measure 5ft. W X 6ft. H.

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Crescendoe Gloves

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“All at once, your hands look lovelier!” This ad, featured in the April 1960 Vogue, demonstrates the timeless quality of how white gloves are connected to femininity. These women use them to frame their delicate faces.

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Paris Resistance

A Parisian resistance patrol the city on August 29, 1944. This woman fights along men to recapture Nazi occupied France. She aided the mission two days prior by having killed several German soldiers.

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Pocahontas

Pocahontas acted as political diplomat to seek peace between the Powhatan and English. Her selfless act of saving John Smith’s life occurred in a secluded tribal ceremony. She acted as a peacemaker and cultural ambassador.

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Assiniboin

Daughter of Chief Mad Bear, Assiniboin people (Siouan First Nations), circa 1880.

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Tricia Nixon

Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox at their White House wedding. June 12, 1971. 

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Tricia

Presdent Nixon’s daughter, Tricia, on the day of her White House wedding. June 12, 1971.

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WWII Conservation Campaign

A women participating in a 1942 war conservation campaign that asked for donated stockings. These materials were re-purposed into powder bags that the US Navy used to propel missile projectiles.

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A Victorian couple captured in a jocular manner. Their candid poses were quite unusual for this stoic period.

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Trümmerfrauen, German “rubble women”, cleared post-WWII city debris and were given extra ration cards for their efforts. Cities like Dresden and Berlin were slowly restored by women who were only given basic tools and used their bare hands for this hard labor.

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Jackie Kennedy in her Georgetown house. She is making final preparations for her first formal dinner party. 1954.

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