Category Archives: History

Thoughts On the Rise of Camping

Camping was not a new (organized) activity; the first camp in the United States opened in Connecticut in 1861.  The Camp Directors Association of America, now known as the American Camping Association, was founded in 1910 (KOA would not come … Continue reading

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Dust Everywhere

I left off my laundry post with Dotty writing home that everything gets coated in dust.  I’ve previously discussed how advice literature told readers to wear tall boots to keep out dust and to wrap good clothes in paper to … Continue reading

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When Flappers Ruled The Earth: How Dance Helped Women’s Liberation | The Guardian

Just a quick post to let you know about this article I stumbled across this weekend.  I think its a great article, much like those from the Threaded blog (which ran the History of the Flapper series that I shared).  … Continue reading

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Laundry On The Road

Tonight I return to a post from March 14 about clothing to discuss a necessary activity regarding clothing: laundry.  For a three-months-long trip, laundry was a regular task, and unlike today it wasn’t as simple as a fancy hotel’s ability … Continue reading

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In the Box #5

In today’s post, I am returning to the artifacts about the 1929 road trip left in Dotty’s box with her postcards and letters home.  So far you’ve read about a letter from home, the original schedule for mail via General … Continue reading

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A Photograph Revealed: Origins

In A Photograph Revealed, you saw the following picture of Dotty, Edie, and Ev, ready for their three-month road trip. I also told you that this photo made its way to me via email from all the way in Sweden. … Continue reading

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The History of the Flapper, Part 5: Who Was Behind the Fashions? | Threaded

I was happy to see the return of The History of the Flapper series on the Smithsonian’s Threaded blog.  This post is on the influential individuals of the decade who helped to make the flapper style what it was.  I’ve … Continue reading

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October 24, 1929: The Three See a Fire

As I wrote in my last post, this is the first test of an element that I am considering including in the book that will be about the 1929 trip and my eventual trip.  I am interested in what was … Continue reading

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In the Box #4

One of the things I’ll be interested in when I retrace the steps of the 1929 road trip myself, because I’m interested now, is what was going on in the cities and towns that Dotty, Edie, and Ev rolled in … Continue reading

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In the Box #3

In today’s post I wanted to share a postcard that Dotty didn’t send nor did she write on.  It leads me to believe that Dotty kept this with her throughout the course of her trip.  I have been known to … Continue reading

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