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    • Apple vendor

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    • Selling apples on the street corners is a strong visual symbol representing the economic devastation of the 1929 Depression. Keeping warm, not keeping up with fashion, is the stronger priority
    • Combat soldier

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    • During WW II the uniform becomes the focus of fashion. Yardage for civilian garments, fabric type and color is severely limited by the War Production Board. This infantryman wears the khaki soldiers' uniform which remains the same through WW II and...
    • Female train conductor

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    • Women increasingly step into traditionally male jobs as almost all eligible men join the Armed Forces. In this ad a female conductor collects tickets in what would in actuality be a crowded train, as gas is severely rationed
    • Women factory workers

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    • Women become skilled in factory mechanics and work side by side with men building airplanes and other war equipment. ""Rosie the Riveter,"" a popular poster figure, becomes the embodiment of the women who make up a large part of the factory work...
    • ROTC Jrs. Ball, Kansas City, MO

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    • The loving hands at home look of girls' evening dresses shows the general state of the ready-to-wear industry. The clothes are undoubtedly the work of the home sewing machine and the young ladies' mothers
    • Pinups

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    • The illustrator Varga creates pinup girl posters popular with G.I.s. His girls are sexy but always fresh, pretty and innocent (Alberto Varga, illustrator)
    • Girl in park

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    • Ethnic prints, especially those based on Middle European challis printed head scarves, are very popular, in particular with the young
    • Sportswear

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    • The pant suit for women is introduced in the late 60s. This one shows a new twist in that the suit coat is full-length (Antonio, illustrator; The New York Times, August 28, 1966)
    • Concert

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    • Large outdoor concerts become a unique social event for young people in this decade, and continue throughout the century (New York Daily News, photographer)
    • Sportswear

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    • Classic Courreges. Short white boots, precisely tailored pants, cropped jacket and goggles (Officiel, 1965)
    • Sportswear

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    • Typical collegiate look of the time achieved with natural materials, in this case wool with a hint of ethnicity in the sweater (New York Magazine, December 11, 1978)
    • Sportswear

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    • Shirts, pants, dresses, etc. in cotton velour make their appearance in the late 1970s and become enormously popular with both sexes (Gentlemen's Quarterly, November 1977)
    • Sportswear

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    • The safari look in khaki in a variety of pant lengths is very popular (Gentlemen's Quarterly, November 1977)
    • Macbeth

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    • Actor in costume. Orson Welles's adaptation of Macbeth to a Haitian setting. Produced by the Federal Theatre project ; design by Nat Karson. The Voodoo Macbeth is a common nickname for this production of Macbeth, featuring an all-African American...

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