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Vintage Stories

I’m fascinated by history, whether that is the history of an item of clothing, a historic building or an iconic person. This is a collection of histories that I have discovered so far…..

The Story of a Wedding Dress

Beneath the hum of the traffic on London Wall, the archives of the Museum of London sprawl in identical stacked rows. There are over 100 wedding dresses neatly packed in acid free boxes here; a collection that would excite fashion… Continue reading →

Vintage Stories: India via New York

I caught up with Karen from Vintage Love Affair at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair earlier this year. This turquoise jewelled coloured dress caught my eye and I asked her where she bought it. She told me that around 13 years… Continue reading →

A Little Piece of Eastbourne

‘I found them in a carrier bag’ Jinny says to me as she proudly shows off the bright floral curtains hanging in her otherwise white walled studio. ‘My mum was helping my auntie Rose move into a sheltered flat and… Continue reading →

Changing Communities

Earlier this year I’d spent a frosty Tuesday in the docks of East London keeping warm and toasty in the University of East London’s archive library. Bracing the bitter wind, looking out over this Easterly stretch of the Thames, I… Continue reading →

 Vintage Stories: Tokyo.                      

Did you know that Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan? It was introduced in 1872 but has had a professional league since the 1920s. At the Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bethnal Green last month, our… Continue reading →

Worst Civilian Disaster of World War II took place 74 years ago today

Bethnal Green Tube Disaster 1943 74 years ago today the worst civilian disaster of World War II occurred in East London and yet very few people know about it. Bethnal Green Tube station was regularly used as an air raid shelter… Continue reading →

A 90’s Classic

Continuing with our theme about vintage clothing with a story I spotted this amazing pink coat on Retro Bambi’s stall at the recent Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bethnal Green, London. It belongs to stall owner Jo and she has… Continue reading →

A bit of folk history

This is Ruth from Squirrel Vintage. We met at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bethnal Green on Sunday when I asked Ruth if she had any items for sale that had a story, a past to share with its new… Continue reading →

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