Saturday, February 5, 2011

19 50's Fur Fashion

These things are from another box I opened and belonged to my Mom.

Fur was treasured and loved by women in her time. I remember all the conversations women had about fur and how envious one was in front of another when they did get something in fur.
Mink , fox, possum, coon and sable
was on every womans' list for Christmas presents.

The hat in the center under the collar, is totally made of tails.
When I count how many tails, I get shell shocked.

My Uncle worked in furs in New York but he never bought his wife a fur coat and she was very angry at him lol
Finally she went with her friend and they each got the same black mink coat, when the prices went down.

My Dad got my Mother a few things but she treasured them and hardly ever wore them.

When they did have a special occasion , she was always so happy to know she was ready for them.
Later she would not wear them for fear animal activists would throw paint at

Knowing she never wore her things, many people tried to get her things away from her by asking her to donate them to other relatives who could not afford fur lol
She would get extremely upset with them and say why don't they donate their fur?
Why are they so obsessed with my stuff? They had a lot more stuff than she did.
But this is the way people were in those days.

Sometimes it doesn't pay to buy things like this for reasons other than killing of an animal.

I don't think anything can ever compare to animal skins.

Bikers wear them and I remember we had one farmer who would walk along the highway in 90 degree weather with a fur coat made of buffalo over him.

Apart from the fact buffalo skins stink when wet, people thought he was crazy, until, that is, we found out that he stayed cooler in that coat than we did without it.

One thing about farmers, is you can't under estimate

Fur, love it or hate it,it has its' uses. In freezing weather, we know why animals can survive outside, when man gets frost bite.

Why do cats eat fur balls you might ask?? - Well might be because they love a good gag!

A mother and a daughter went shopping, when the mother sees an expensive fur coat in a store window.

She said, "I think that I will buy my own present this year for Christmas, instead of making you and Dad shop for me."

The daughter nods OK sounds good.

"And I think this fur coat would be perfect too." the Mother added.
to which, the daughter's eye brows raised said, "But Mom, some helpless, poor, dumb creature has to suffer for you to have this."

"Don't worry, honey," says the mother. "Your father won't get the bill for a couple of weeks."
A man in a bar has a couple of beers and the bartender tells him he owes $6.50.

"But I paid, don't you remember?" says the customer.

"Okay," says the bartender, "if you said you paid, you did."

The man then goes outside and tells the first person he sees that the bartender can't keep track of whether his customers have paid.

The second man then ruses in, orders a beer and later pulls the same stunt.

The barkeeper replies, "If you say you paid, I'll take your word for it."

Soon the customer goes into the street, sees an old friend, and tells him how to get free drinks.

The man hurries into the bar and begins to drink highballs when suddenly,

the bartender leans over and says, "You know, a funny thing happened in here tonight. Two men were drinking beer, neither paid and both claimed that they did. The next guy who tries that is going to get punched right on the face."

"Don't bother me with your troubles," the final patron responds. "Just give me my change and I'll be on my way."


George said...

My mother-in-law had a mink stole of which she was very proud, but she wore it only to church.
I enjoyed your jokes.

A Lady's Life said...

George We had many women wearing stoles and coats and hats.
They wore it to church and finally some women decided they would wear them as winter coats but my Mother never did.
When I find her coat I will tell you a story and I don't think many people knew this when they bought the coats.

Peter (Worldman): said...

I loved the jokes. Specially he mother/daughter one. I am now afraid that my wife and daugther have the same type of conversation about me. I did though never get a bill for a fur coat.

Akelamalu said...

I had a fur coat and a fur jacket in the 70's and I loved them. Of course now only faux fur is acceptable.

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu - I also had one but moving so many times it was stolen by the movers Along with the dishes I treasured and got as a present for my wedding from Italy.
Seems they think they can help themselves and there is nothing you can do.
They steal a lot of things. My Mom had a kitchen aid mixer and especially toys. They love to steal toys.Even if Insurance pays its not the same thing.It takes years to collect these things.

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu - cow leather is still used and it is always better for your feet to wear leather as opposed to synthetic material.

We kill animals anyway.
Although, as I get older, I seem to get more and more repulsed to kill to eat.If I see it being killed I can't eat it. I raised chickens and then when it was time to kill them I gave them away lol
Someone else got a few free

A Lady's Life said...

Peter - you are lucky lol

Mama Zen said...

When I was a little girl, my mother had a fur coat. I thought that it was the most glamorous thing ever!

SandyCarlson said...

The closest my family ever got to fur was the camel's hair coat! Ha. Not quite. These hats are fun.

A Lady's Life said...

Mama Zen They are beautiful and warm.
My Mom had a gorgeous coat. I will show it when I find it lol

Sandy I guess you don't need one where you live lol
Or maybe now you do with the weather changes.
But I would only wear leather since it comes from animals like cows and sheep which end up in a food dish.
In spite of what many say I think people need meat because it has an enzyme our body requires.
I read that somewhere but forget which enzyme lol