Another Event Sold Out

ImageThis is a repost from my old blog of an entry dated December 2006. I am no longer handling ticket sales, and with the crap economy, sell outs are not as pervasive as once they were, but most of this still applies.

1840s Tail Suit from a LACMA Exhibit

ImageThis is a typical tail suit from just before the period that is the primary focus of my website - but since men are notoriously slow to cast aside unfashionable garments that still fit, this is, with the exception of the shirt collar and tie (which seems to be an area where men did keep up with the times) what you might see on an older, more conservative man until the early '60s.

1910 Sack Suit from a LACMA Exhibit

ImageThis is a very sober, typical business suit of the early 20th Century. Note the commuter-friendly ticket pocket on the outside of the coat.

1880s Sack Suit from a LACMA Exhibit

ImageThe sack suit in these images dates from around 1880. While most sack suits of the time tended to be in sober colors like black and dark gray, a general exception seemed to apply for plaid and plaid sack suits. While not a dominant style, they were not uncommon and allowed a rare opportunity for exuberance in a period of otherwise restrained male fashions.

Web Stuff - Building a Library Catalog Search Page with RSS Display

ImageI recently built a web page to demonstrate an easy way to create a search form you can drop onto any web page that will search your library's online catalog.

The form is accessing the EOS International Sales Department's demonstration catalog. The same model, by changing the specific names, values and URLs, can be used to access many other SQL based online databases.

It also includes a demonstration of and link to one of my favorite tools, "Feed2JS", which takes RSS feeds and turns them into web content.

Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society

7:00 pm -­ 10:00 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm; dancing begins at 7:30 pm

Join the Simi Valley Victorian Dance Society one evening a month for waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and a variety of other dances of the 19th Century ballroom.

Programs will feature instruction and open dancing.

Historical attire is not required. Recorded music. Beginners welcome and no partners required. Comfortable shoes recommended.

Victorian Dance

Image"I was exceedingly delighted with the waltz, and also with the polka. These differ in name, but there the difference ceases--the dances are precisely the same.

An Analysis of Country Dancing - 1808

ImageThe Full title is "An analysis of country dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, in a way so easy and familiar, that persons of the meanest capacity may in a short time acquire (without the aid of a master) a complete knowledge of that rational and polite amusement. To which are added, instructions for dancing some entire new reels; together with the rules, regulations, and complete etiquette of the ball room. By Thomas Wilson ... Embellished and illustrated with engravings on wood, by J. Berryman."

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