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Trying to source a good retro fashion book with photographs
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Date: 7/23/13 11:27 PM

Hi everyone. I would like to decorate my sewing room walls with large photographs of retro fashion. I thought the cheapest way of doing this would be to buy a good book that has decent size photographs and using these to put in frames. I am having so much trouble finding a book that fits this description and wondered if anyone has one like this? There are a few books out there but a lot of them have small pictures that would be lost on the wall. I spent $70 (!) on one online (Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels) which is good but most of the photos are from eras other than what I'm really interested in. Can anyone possibly please help?

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Date: 7/24/13 0:04 AM

Simplicity has some retro prints, I think they range from 1920-1980. They are $15 each, though a couple of months ago they were on sale for $10, so you can check to see when they're on sale again.

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Subject: 1940s and or 1950s fashion book Date: 7/24/13 10:20 AM

Do you have a used bookstore nearby? They might have some good material.

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Date: 7/24/13 12:47 PM

Magazines of that era, such as McCall's and Vogue had some large pics in them. A thrift store or similar sometimes have them. I've seen some at estate sales.

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Date: 7/24/13 1:16 PM

You may want to check out the photographer John French. I bought a calendar with his fashion photography in it. Most of it is late 1940s to early 1960s.

I have the larger size reprints from Hobby Lobby and Micheal's of his. I am including a link so you can see some of his photos to see if that is what you are looking for. John French

You may also want to check into Victoria & Albert Museum page for more about John French.

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Subject: 1940s and or 1950s fashion book Date: 7/25/13 5:26 AM

I have often used large calendar photos to fram and they come out nice. Great idea!

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Subject: 1940s and or 1950s fashion book Date: 7/25/13 6:10 AM

I got one of the simplicity prints because I liked it and it matched the colors of my living room.

If you can get it on sale, there is a first order coupon you can use, which makes the whole thing shipping and all $15.

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Date: 7/25/13 9:25 PM

You might be better off, just using a real old sewing pattern or something out of a real old 1940's or 50's sewing book, pattern catalog ormagazine and just scanning it at pretty high dpi and resolution. You do need to do it that way though, probably with your scanner, to even get that much detail into it and data into it, if you want to print it off big that way. Then bring that as a computer file instead, over to some place like Kinko's or a print shop, that they have the means to actually print it out for you, on actual more poster sized paper. That way you could use anything at all just on your own wall hanging there, and not be limited at all.

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Date: 8/2/13 0:06 AM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, much appreciated.

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