Monday, November 19, 2012

What DOES She Mean?!!

While flipping through a
1950 Woman's Day magazine
this weekend
we found this picture....

We had just been talking with a customer this week
about gloves in the 1950's.
She was telling us how her mother was horrified
at all the younger women who were starting to wearing these
 short gloves
...for heaven's sake!
Didn't they know
that gloves are to cover the skin?
We loved it! 
It reminded us of how our dad had a fit
if we put a pair of sweats on to go to practice at school
 (sweats were not worn in school!) 
Now....look at all the people that wear their
pajama bottoms shopping!

Anyhow...we found something fun facts about
in Victorian times....

Gloves were used as flirtation codes...
a little more discrete than
"yes" or "no"
 stitched to them!!

and try a few out
the next time you put a pair of gloves on!

Twirling one's gloves around her fingers
- We are being watched

Holding the tips of the gloves downward
 - I wish to be acquainted

Gently smoothing the gloves
- I wish I were with you; I would like to talk with you

Holding one's gloves loosely in her right hand
- Be contented

Holding one's gloves loosely in her left hand
 - I am satisfied

Striking one's gloves over her hands
 - I am displeased

Tossing one's gloves up gently
- I am engaged

Tapping one's chin with her gloves
- I love another

Dropping one of her gloves
- Yes

Dropping both gloves
- I love you

Enjoy your Monday everyone!!


Sherri said...

Thanks for the glove facts girls!! I love hearing about the old ways!

Blondie's Journal said...

Wow! If these gloves could talk!


Pam said...

Funny with the Victorian glove signals! It's amazing how things change over the years.

sweetvintageofmine said...

LOVE this post! I collect a few vintage gloves and never realized such a thing of meaning existed! One should know, because back then,everything had or was done in class and meaning! And to think of it, how many old movies can you think of where the women made gestures with their hands and gloves??? I will be watching for that next time in a classic movie! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving summer kitchen girls!! Roxie

DearHelenHartman said...

I LOVE the language of gloves. My mother actually had a glove drawer in her dresser and every length and type of glove a lady needed. So sad we got rid of them when she died. I buy vintage gloves now and miss my mom.

A Cuban In London said...

Beautiful post. I had no idea that there was a whole secret language behind glove signals. There was actually on behind fans and the way ladies would put them on their laps or used them on themselves. Look it up. It's fascinating.

Greetings from London.

Sherry "Edie" & Marie Antionette said...

Hi Girls!

I'd better get my gloves out and start practicing! Would you believe I have my white gloves I wore as a little girl in the 50s? You weren't dressed for church without your gloves on! In the spring the gloves were always accompanied by a hat too. Always. What fun memories.

Blessings & hugs, Sherry & Marie


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