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  • Baseball Knickers, about 1930

    Likely worn by Thomas Palmer Bradfield of Orchard Lake, Michigan during the 1930s.No matching jersey or shirt; however, it is clear a shirt would have buttoned to the interior of the waistband. Little usage, although there are a few stains.Thomas Palmer Bradfield was born 1899 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born in to one of Michigan's oldest mining families.His great grandfather, Charles Henry Palmer, was a pioneer investor and developer of mines and railroads in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His gr…

  • Hat Clip, about 1930

    Hat clips were attached to edges or bands of hats for that extra style or color.In this period they would have been added to small rather tight cloche hats; this Art Deco clip would have added real flair.This appears to be of phenol formaldehyde, often called Bakelite.Bakelite is really the trade name for plastics produced by Bakelite Ltd. in England and Bakelite Corporation in the United States; it is unclear if this was truly made by Bakelite.Most Art Deco plastics are referred to as Bakelite,…

  • Shoes, about 1930

    These are the style of shoes Elizabeth Parke Firestone appeared to favor in the late 1920s and 1930s. They have a "deco" look and feel.They were likely custom made to match a specific gown, now gone. Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustr…

  • Black Velvet and Lace Hostess Dress, about 1930-1932

    Black silk velvet hostess dress with neckline, hem and half of sleeves edged in beige machine lace. Short, semicircular demi-train. This dress is not labeled, but is believed to be a Stein & Blaine based on another black velvet hostess dress of a similar style that is owned The Henry Ford and has a Stein & Blaine label.

  • Shoes, about 1930

    This style of shoe was worn by Mrs. Firestone circa 1930. She is pictured wearing this style of shoe with her 10th wedding anniversary outfit in 1931. This pair was surely custom made to match a specific dress or outfit.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothin…

  • White Silk Organza Evening Dress, 1932-1933

    White silk organza evening dress. Bias-cut bodice with small pieces of organza forming cap/shawl sleeves which hook to center back straps. Criss-crossing straps covered with irridescent white sequins and tiny silver bugle beads. Full skirt covered with scallops, each edged with organza ruffle and decorated with sequins and beads. Self-fabric sash. Back closure of self-fabric buttons and loops. Cream silk crepe chemise. Clutch purse covered in irridescent sequins to match dress. Clothing label: J…

  • Shoes, about 1930

    These shoes may have been made for Elizabeth Parke Firestone's tenth anniversary gown (object number 89.492.569) designed by Peggy Hoyt in June 1931. The color is just about right. She was photographed on her anniversary wearing a very similar, if not the same, pair of shoes. The style is very typical of Mrs. Firestone's shoes circa 1930.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921…

  • Shoes, about 1930

    Mrs. Firestone likely had these shoes made to match a silk crepe dress of the same color, designed by Jean Patou: object number 89.492.450.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustrates her impeccable taste in fashion.

  • Shoes, about 1930

    Mrs. Firestone likely had these custom made to match a specific outfit, now gone. Edward Cohen was her preferred shoemaker in the 1920s and early 1930s.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustrates her impeccable taste in fashion.

  • Shoes, about 1930

    These shoes have no marking or indication of maker. However, we have an identical pair in the collection that also belonged to Mrs. Firestone made by George Pigeon of Brooklyn. Likely these are from the same maker. Mrs. Firestone surely had these custom made to match a specific outfit, now gone. Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most l…