Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Fashion

Have you ever noticed the attire of Pilgrims?  Buckles on the shoes and buckles on the hats.  Will it shatter your childhood memories if I tell you that this is not the truth?

Several years ago, I worked with a brilliant woman, Nancy Rexford, who was an expert on costume.  She told me that all those pictures we identified with the Pilgrims were incorrect.  Buckles did not come into fashion until the mid 1700's.  What the pilgrims wore for shoes were similar to the ones below with a leather strap that tied.
by Duane A. Cline 1999
   Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

And to all--just a note--posting over the Thanksgiving holiday
may be a bit erratic.
Will be back in full form by Monday!


  1. I'll bet they even wore a moccasin or two! My students are always stunned when they read the original account of the holidays in William Bradford's writings.

  2. Seems reasonable. A buckle would be a poured piece of metal and a vanity item compared to tying the shoe up with some string.

    I'm sure they'd be rolling in their graves if they saw the contents of the average woman's closet.

  3. Bows or buckles, I love them both!

  4. Have a good time, and thank you for the info.

  5. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!