Menswear Classic Style from the first half of the 20th Century is a new photo journal book of clothes worn by men in the first half of the twentieth century. The book was created by Tom Phillips with it's foreword by the writer Eric Musgraves mentioned in the previous post. I was lucky enough to see a low resolution digital sneak preview and I think it is a book which is very much in the public's conscience at the moment. A little about this historical reference book is excerpted below. At this stage I do not know where the book is selling but I am sure you can find out by emailing this contact:
Oxford, 5 July 2012 – A unique selection of photo postcards of vintage menswear published by the Bodleian Library offers superb inspiration for the stylish gent of today.
Menswear books often concentrate on images produced by advertising agencies, marketing departments and fashion magazines. This title, assembled from Tom Phillips’ collection of over 50,000 photographic postcards, reveals the actual day-to-day wardrobes of real men in Britain in the first half of the 20th century.
In the 1900s, the proliferation of photographic studios and the mass production of the Box Brownie meant that, for the first time, ‘ordinary’ people could afford to have their portraits taken, and to have them replicated as a photo postcard for only a penny a card.
An amazing collection of 200 photo postcards from around 1900 to 1945, Menswear presents photographs of men in all manner of outfits, whether formal, practical or casual. The images chart the changes in men’s fashion over the years, and display how a man’s outfit reflects both his character and his personality. There are also a rich variety of accessories on display including ties, gloves, pocket squares, walking sticks, canes, boutonnières and spats