Kays Clothing Catalogues - Searchable archive from 1920s onwards

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  1. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

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    This might be of interest:

    World of Kays

    It is a fully searchable archive of scans from the Kays clothing catalogues, a UK based mail-order firm.

    As an introduction, I've selected a number of images showing the various categories:

    Suits, 1929:
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    Wedding Dress, 1930:
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    Nightwear & Hosiery, 1933 (including a shade of stockings called 'Dago'):
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    Skirts, 1940:
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    Skirts & trousers, 1943:
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    Aprons & Dungarees, 1947:
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    Underwear 1947:
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    Swimwear, 1950:
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    Sport & Leisure, 1953:
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    Suits, 1953:
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    Have fun raiding the archives for inspiration.
     
  2. Two Types

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    And a few more:

    Hats 1920:
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    Blazers 1930:
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    Dresses 1931:
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    Knitwear & Blouses 1931:
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    Coats 1937:
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    Gloves 1939:
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    Shoes 1940:
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  3. St. Louis

    St. Louis Practically Family

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    Wow, what a treasure trove of images and information! This is fantastically useful. It's particularly interesting to compare these images with my Sears catalogues published in the same years. Is there a way to compare prices? I.e., roughly how much would a 7/6 skirt cost today, and how would it compare to US dollars?

    Thanks so much for posting this link.
     
  4. Two Types

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    I'm sure that if you search online you'll find a historic currency converter.
     
  5. SecondhandRose

    SecondhandRose New in Town

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    Gosh, if I could only order these now...
     
  6. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    In the Era five shillings were roughly equivalent to one dollar, so 7/6 would be about $1.50 in 1930s American money.
     
  7. Ah the madness of pre-decimal British currency. All those different bases!

    Love the Kay's catalogues.
     
  8. HadleyH

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    Beautiful!!! Thank you Two Types! :eusa_clap
     
  9. Two Types

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    Glad to be of assistance.
     

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