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1950s Unlimited

1950-1969 All things mid century. Dont forget
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Sharply dressed boys in a high school classroom,

Dover NJ 1955




1960s swimsuit illustrations


Signature ZigZag sewing machine manual, 1960s

cover detail

Teens, 1950s

Teenage boys wearing the style they are most accustomed to throughout the United States; Jeans, leather boots (shoes are acceptable) and button up shirt with carefully rolled sleeves (a tee shirt may be worn under this or by itself).                       

Barbie, 1961

edited detail from Mattel Fashion Catalog

christian monotone

Fashion in 1942 

The War Production Board (WPB) was established in 1942 as a government agency  to regulate the production of materials and fuel during WWII in the United States. In a sweeping order affecting all women’s and girls’ outer wearing apparel, the WPB decreed to what lengths and widths dresses, skirts, coats, suits, sleeves, belts and hems might go. Categories exempt from the restrictions were infants apparel (age 1 to 4 yrs), bridal Gowns, maternity Dresses, vestments for religious orders and burial gowns.


Lane Bryant, 1950s

Original illustration for department store ad c.mid 1950s-early 1960s


Lucille Staughton artist

edited by 1950sunlimited


12 inch floral full house/cards Bleeding heart and sword Climbing flowers

Clothing Fads, “Suse” Sweaters- 1940s-1950s

Hollywood stars like them for their distracting, zany designs.

"Six years ago, Susan Dannenburg, who liked sweaters but did not have a sweater figure, knitted one for herself while waiting for a broken leg to mend. She decorated them with bleeding hearts, poodles, pink elephants and flowers with the idea of drawing attention to the sweater and not the shape of the wearer. The Scheme worked so well that she knitted some for her friends and even began selling a few. Some of her best customers were Hollywood women, Barbara Stanwyck, “Slim” Hawks, Esther Williams and Jennifer Jones. By Now, "Suse" Sweaters (pronounced “Suzy”) are sold all over the country. They are handmade by 20 knitters and 3 girls who do nothing but cut out zany appliques all day.  Some are further decorated by splashy fake jewels and beads. The effect is extravagant and so is the price: $50 to $70 “

Suse Sweaters were still quite popular throughout the 1950s as well and lovers of vintage wear still seek them out today!


Fashion Do’s and Don’t’s, 1940s

Simplicity, 1950s

Simplicity, 1950s



Lane Bryant, 1950s

I’m really not sure it’s any better for kids today, honestly.

Crown-Headlight, 1947