A couple of weeks ago, our blog got a comment from Beth Miller saying that she also had a M. Born & Company tailor’s sample book. She had been trying to research her copy of an earlier (1905) sample book without much success until she stumbled across an old post, Well … It’s a Bargain! Not that I knew much about the sample book either, but aside from a museum in Ireland, it was the only mention of Born & Company she could find that had similar pictures. If anyone has info on these books, it would be great if you could share it with us. I can be contacted through this blog, or TheSecondHandRoses at gmail.com.
Here are some of the pictures from Beth’s Spring-Summer 1905 sample book:
Frock coats and top hats were still popular, and we both love that the middle man in the right-most picture is labeled “corpulent”.
Two more of Beth’s pictures:
My book is dated Fall -Winter 1920-21. As you can see, the prints glued on top of the fashion plates came off without damaging the paper beneath:
Hunting was evidently popular with the “upper crust” in the early 1920’s.
Love the scenes with the posh ladies; the lady’s hat on the right is terribly amusing. It took me a while to realize that the things sticking out of the top of her hat were feathers, not horns.
My book also has fashions for the overweight:
The gentleman second from the left is wearing a suit labeled “One-button frock for corpulent men” just the same as in Beth’s book. Poor man, he wouldn’t even qualify for a scold from his doctor nowadays, much less be labeled “corpulent”.
Thanks for taking a look and hope someone has some info for us. See you Friday!