No matter what political opinions they or their husbands held, I think of them as an integral part of my country’s history, and a representation of what fashion was doing at the time they lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Both dresses have diagonal darts at the neckline and 3/4 length sleeves.

The Vogue Patterns version has looser sleeves than Melania’s, but it looks like the First Lady’s version actually took a zipper to get into the sleeves!

Many factories that had been producing goods for public consumption had to switch to producing products supplies for the war.

Each household was allotted a certain number of ration coupons per year and purchasing decisions had to be made very wisely to conserve these coupons.

The following is a listing of Franciscan dinnerware & art ware patterns and Lines introduced beginning in 1934.

The pattern/line is followed by the category of dinnerware and then by the year the pattern/line was introduced.

The fashion trends of this era were distinctly divided into two categories: Wartime and Post-Wartime.

(via Adored Vintage) The second World War affected just about every household during the forties.

Louis - English Ironstone - Made in England - 1983 St.