"Camille Clifford. The Gibson Girl. With her hourglass figure, her expertly upswept hair, and her decidedly aristocratic air, she was everything American women in 1900 aspired to be." pbs.org
Going on public view THIS SATURDAY for the first time ever is an autographed manuscript of Jack London’s The Sea Wolf. Now get this: Out of concern about the risk of fire on their Sonoma Valley ranch, London and his wife, Charmian, put this manuscript in a “flameproof” bank vault in San Francisco. That vault—and this manuscript—burned in the devastating fire that erupted in the wake of the 1906 earthquake. We got the charred manuscript—along with some other pretty great London items—from his widow back in the 1920s, and our curators have never removed this delicate charred work from its metal box. And now it’s going on view in our newly reimagined, redesigned, and reinstalled Library Exhibition Hall, opening this Saturday (Nov. 9). COME CHECK IT OUT.
Fashions at the races, Les Modes September 1905. Photo by Ed. Cordonnier.
Halloween postcards c. 1900s
Halloween Postcards c. 1900s
— Maud Fealy, American actress (1900s)
Bubù - 1971
Shy couple - From my personal collection
Alice Roosevelt - 1902
Theodore Roosevelt’s beautiful eldest daughter, who not only cut her wedding cake with a sword, defied all the conventions of her day regarding women and carried a dagger in her pocketbook, but who also had a pillow embroidered with her most famous quote on her couch; “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
Alice Roosevelt with her dog Leo - 1902
She smoked cigarettes in public, chewed gum, placed bets with bookies, rode in cars with men, stayed out late partying, and kept a pet snake named Emily Spinach, which she often wore wrapped around one arm and took to parties. Her father President Theodore Roosevelt once said of her “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.”
Léon Bakst. 1900’s. Sequins, goose feathers & white net.
Anna Pavlova’s Swan Lake ballet dress. This white net tutu sewn with sequins and trimmed with goose feathers was worn by Pavlova in her most famous role. First performed in 1907 The Swan was ‘a landmark in ballet history’. Its innovation lay in the way Pavlova and her choreographer, Michel Fokine, created a mood of deep emotion. The intensity of The Swan, also known as The Dying Swan, made it a great favourite with audiences. Pavlova danced it many times in London during the 1920s. [sources: here & here]
More pictures of Anna in her swan lake costume here