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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…

  • 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…

  • Silk and Satin Embroidered Evening Dress, 1928

    Dress of turquoise silk georgette over aqua crepe-backed satin. Aqua lace embroidered with gold thread at hem and neckline. Large rhinestone applied bows on left side. Dropped waistline and a slightly uneven hem with longer panels on left side. Clothing label: Peggy Hoyt/16 East 55th St/New York/Henry Firestone/No 6388/Date 5-9-28. This dress is notable for its gorgeous styling, dramatic color, dipping hemline - which would be quite showy on the dance floor - and fabulous matching shoes with hee…

  • Beaded and Embroidered Georgette Evening Dress, 1928-1929

    Pink georgette dress embroidered with aqua and silver bugle beads and rhinestones. Rhinestone bow at base of V-shaped neckline. Dropped waistline and uneven scalloped hemline. Very deep, curved V-shaped neckline in back. This dress is not labeled, but the design suggests that it might be a Peggy Hoyt.

  • 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…

  • Women's oxfords from the 1920s

    A pair of woman's oxfords. The front of brown patent leather, and the remainder of the shoe is reptile. The shoes have a leather lining, and the insole is stamped: The Shepard Co., St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Brown velvet dress from the 1920s

    Women's brown velvet dress with long, reddish-gold lame sleeves having velvet cuffs. Sleeves are very full and smocked at top. Small stand-up collar ending in two long ribbons in front (brown velvet on one side and gold lame on other) that tie in a bow at front of neck. A sash of velvet and gold lame is fastened at the sides. The dress ties in back, and has a small dickie of lame snaps across opening at neck. The dress does not have a label. Belonged to Mrs. Crowley.

  • Women's black satin shoes from the 1920s

    A pair of woman's black satin shoes with a plain toe. The instep T-strap and the edge and back of the shoe are trimmed with rhinestone. The shoes have a medium heel with low-cut sides. Label: Made in Paris.

  • Women's ice blue satin, one strap shoes from the 1920s

    A pair of woman's ice blue satin, one strap shoes. The shoes match dress 59.214.1. Label: Hudson's, Detroit.

  • Women's silver leather pumps from the 1920s

    A pair of woman's silver leather pumps having a single strap that buttons across instep. The shoes have a brocade inset of gold and silver metallic threads. The white kid lining is labeled: Hanan & Son, New York.

  • Yellow silk crepe dress from the 1920s

    This woman's, yellow silk crepe dress has a convertible collar, and a "V" throat that fastens with eleven small pearl buttons and self-fabric loops. The sleeves are fastened at the cuff with two small pearl buttons and self fabric loops. The cuffs are trimmed with a hand-embroidered design of abstract flowers, leaves, and scrolls in various colors of silk floss. A similiar decoration trims the front of the dress top around the neck opening, and at the center front. The skirt has fine accordio…

  • Womn's three piece wool knit tennis dress from the late '20s or early '30s

    Womn's three piece, creamy white wool knit tennis dress. The hip length jacket (a) has a small collar, and long, straight sleeves that botton closed at the cuff. It has two side pockets, and a single button closing below the bust for freedom of movement. The mid calf skirt (b) has pleats at its sides, and a hook and eye side closing. The V-neck dickey (c) is sideless, and sleeveless. It is a slip-on garment with elastic ties at its sides. Worn by donor's mother, Marion Scherer Livingstone.

  • Women's black leather pumps with small bow of black and silver leather from the late '20s to early '40s

    Woman's black leather pumps having a small bow of black and silver leather on vamp. The shoes also have two small studs on each side. The heel measures 2 1/2" in height. Label: Good Shoes, High Arch, Narrow Heel.

  • Georgette Gown with Lace Inserts, 1928

    Black georgette gown with lace inserts and an uneven hem. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Print and Textured Chiffon Dress, 1928

    Printed and textured chiffon dress in fuchsia, pink, white, blue and lavender. The tiered skirt gives a soft, ruffled effect. This garment was owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson (October 19, 1883 – September 19, 1967),who was the wife of John Francis Dodge (October 25, 1864 – January 14, 1920), co-founder of the Dodge Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.