Wednesday, February 14, 2007

London in the 1950s: Brollies & bowlers

An enterprising AskAndy member (Doctor Damage) recently posted a photo series of 1950s London city gents. This should provide a nice visual bookend to my two recent posts on brollies and English icons (including the bowler hat).

It is remarkable to note the drastic change in dress in less than 50 years. Even more generally, why did men's dress loosen up so significantly in the 20th century? That denouement will be a side discussion in what will hopefully be a planned book project on men's clothing and style.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be a little late for an "an erstwhile visitor to London" to consider buying an umbrella there?

sleevehead said...

Ah, but the experience of time is not limited to the literal meaning of words. Whether one is late, early or anticipatory is rather contingent on the plans and intentions of the person, don't you think?

Perhaps it was ambiguous but I was (obliquely) referring to myself. And I do intend to consider buying an umbrella on my next trip.