Tag: everyday life

Coco Chanel: Because Who Doesn’t Love a Cardigan?

In Paris December 1918 everyone was dressed in black. Minimal jewelry, often fashioned out of ammunition or brooches holding a loved one’s strand of hair, donned those reuniting or grieving (Brower). Edwardian fashions could still be seen, but a young woman named Coco Chanel had set up shop at 31 Rue de Cambon offering simple…

The War is Long, but Skirts are Short

In the years leading up to the war, women’s fashion was brightly colored and ornate. Paul Poiret was the most prominent designer of the time, drawing his inspiration from many Eastern sources such as the Russian ballet and the Japanese kimono. Practical is the last word anyone would use to describe these styles; just consider…

Life in 1917: Learn More

Want to learn more about life before WWI? Check out some of these great resources: 1910-1919 by Joanna Bourke (click here for Army collection) The 1910s by David Blanke The 1910s ed. John F. Wukovits The 1910s decade in photos: a decade that shook the world by Jim Corrigan The 1910s from World War I to Ragtime Music by Stephen Feinstein (click here for…

Life in 1917: What would you be doing?

We were curious about all the different cultural and professional changes that occurred before, during, and after the war which lead us to ask this question: What would we have been doing professionally in 1917?Now, as we are librarians, a profession that did exist,  chances are we would still be doing the same thing, though…

Life in 1917

When 1917 began, the United States was still involved in the conflict with Pancho Villa in Mexico. The American public was aware of the conflict of Europe but still not war hungry. Instead they were preoccupied with their everyday lives. They had just elected the first woman to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana (who won…