The Costumer's Manifesto: Costume Sites on the WWW #5: WWIIResources Costume Sites on the WWW #5:WWII Resources
Canadian Uniforms of the Second World WarBroken Link can be found at The Canadian War Museum, and other war museums also have large numbers of images that are useful for this era. The Imperial War Museum, London has a searchable database of images at http://www.vads.ahds.ac.uk
and the German Historical Museum has a uniform page at http://www.dhm.de/ENGLISH/sammlungen/militaria/uniforms.html
The California Historical GroupBroken linkof WWII battle reenactors includes uniform information for four nationalities in the conflict, including Soviet Infantry Uniformshttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.chgww2.com/150th/150equip.htm
In fact military reenactors consistently provide the most information online about uniforms: Isiu Island Provisional Infantry Homepage has images and an equipment list for Japanese Infantry http://patriot.net/~jstevens/Isiu-Island/equipment.html
while the Finnish Re-enactor Sitehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.geocities.com/tulatuco/uniformcenter.html
has images of Finnish soldiers.The WW2 Reenactors Webring http://nav.webring.yahoo.com/hub?ring=ww2reenactor&list
lists many more groups of this kind.
Reenactors keep a number of companies in business reproducing WWII uniforms, including Lost Battalionshttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.lostbattalions.com
Castle Keep [this site no longer online] and World War Two Impressionshttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.wgn.net/~ww2imp
More are listed at my own Military Costume and Armor Linksyou can also find many dealers in vintage uniforms and insignia listed here.
Rationed Fashion, American Fashion DuringWWIIbrokenlink by Chloe Black has a good brief outline of American Womens Civilian dresswith pictures.
1940s FashionbyKatherine Rohe (?) is more detailed, with many pictures of womens dressincluding museum examples.
Yesterdayland-Fashion in the 1940sDeadLink conveniently provides definitions and images formost of the pop-culture fashion terms and fads of the era.
Retro Magazine: 1940s Hairstyles[this site no longer online] by Yvonne Hawker and Malvina DeVries describes howto recreate several 1940s hairstyles, with pictures. So does this site: brokenlink Another hair page is Nocture Hair-Dos [this site no longer online] a sitefor swing dancers. Retro Magazinehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.retroactive.com
also has lots of other freeonline articles on 1940s themes, including fashion how-to tips on Marcelwaves, tying bow ties, and wrapping Dorothy Lamour style sarongs.
1940's Fashion - A Progressive Chart http://www.skaro.com/1940s_1.html
by John Peacock has a year by year outline of mens and womens fashionsilhouettes, with variations on hems, collars, etc.
Sleek and Chichttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.sleeknchic.co.uk/main/
sells real Vintage Stockings, Vintage Girdles and Lingerie.
Patterns from the Past http://www.oldpatterns.com/
has a large selection of vintage sewing patterns, including many 1940sstyles, as does Rusty Zipperhttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.rustyzipper.com
and Blue Gardeniahttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.thebluegardenia.com/
Savoy Stylehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.swingdanceshop.com
sells ready made swing dance styles (1930s-1950s) of clothingand shoes. For Feet Firsthttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.forfeetfirst.com
also sells swing shoe styles.In fact, the Swing dance enthusiasts on Swing, Swing, Swing (In aRing) http://nav.webring.yahoo.com/hub?ring=daddyo&id=12&hub
have a total of 167 sites with useful information for dancing and dressing inthis era, including many that sell ready made products, or vintage items.
has many images of 1940s and 1950s neckties, especially the more exoticvarieties that were made in California, and so came into favor late in the war,as servicemen were routed through West Coast ports.This site also has links to vintage tie dealers that sellcollectable neckwear of this era.
Everything you wanted to know about thehistory of the Aloha shirthttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.alohafunwear.com/funfacts.shtml
originally designed in the 1930s and then popularized outside Hawaiiby returning servicemen in WWII.
1940s Fashion Linksat my site lists more civilian clothing links as well.
Clothes Rationing & RenovationChristine's Costume Pagehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.costumes.org/pages/1940links.htmhttp://www.100megspop3.com/adira
by Christine Hawkins has fashions of World War II, from the AustralianHome Journal, Hints for making-do from The Lux Wartime Clothes Serviceand more tips from the Commonwealth Rationing Commission of Australia, inaddition to images and articles on Australian fashions of other eras.
Make Do And Mend, Wartime advice from theBritish Board of Tradehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.goodnightsweetheart.co.uk/makedo.html
sells both vintage and reproduction seamed Nylon stockings. The Nylon Dramahttp://www.edc.org/CCT/lemcen/u7sf/u7materials/nylondrama.html (Link no longerin operation) and The History of Hosiery: Nylon Stockingshttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.lovebugs.com/nylon
tell the historical background of nylon fiber and its use in fashion.
The Zoot-Suit and Style Warfare http://www.edc.org/CCT/lemcen/u7sf/u7materials/cosgrove.html(link no longer in operation) by Stuart Cosgrove is primarily useful for itsin depth text on the Zoot suit riots.
The Zoot Suit Storehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.zootsuitstore.com
sells custom made suits from Siegels a store that has made and sold Zootsuits since their inception, at very reasonable rates. Siegels also rents. ElPachucohttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.elpachuco.com
and Suavacitos http://www.suavecito.com
also make and rent Zoots and all the attendant male accessories (hats, shoes,ties).
Concentration Camp Prisoner Symbolshttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ [thissite no longer online]
has a color chart of the various triangle and starbadges worn by different groups of prisoners.Badges at the Pink Triangle Sitehttp://www.robothumb.com/src/ http://www.pink-triangle.org/ptps/symbol.html
has another, similar, chart.Uniformedprisoners with triangular identifying badges are shown here: http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/76278.htm
Two concentration camp badges bearing purple triangles worn by Jehovah'sWitnesses are here: http://www.ushmm.org/uia-cgi/uia_doc/photos/4207?hr=null
A uniform jacket worn by another prisoner is here: http://www.ushmm.org/uia-cgi/uia_doc/photos/4204?hr=null
And at this site is a large database of prisoner images: http://www.ushmm.org/uia-cgi/uia_query/photos?hr=null&query=kw110035
The Jewish Badge
by Jennifer Rosenberg, has a long essay on its history andday to day use under the Nazis. This photo pagebrokenlink has an image of Jewish citizens wearing thebadge. brokenlink has a color photo of a surviving similar star badgefrom Holland. This page: http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/8839-3.htm
has one from France.In BulgariaJews were ordered to wear Bakelite buttons like those here: brokenlinkHere is a database of many images of European Jews wearing the badges(link no longer working)
THE EVOLUTION OF TATTOOING IN THE AUSCHWITZCONCENTRATION CAMPCOMPLEXbrokenlink by George Rosenthal, a campsurvivor, who explains the numbering systems, and their use, is quite detailed.
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