Dec 26, 2009
Dec 5, 2009
Special guest, Sara Ponsoll of Chez Vous! and DollyPop Vintage, will be selling her baubles, bangles and beads! Stop in for some shopping and a few cocktails.
Nov 25, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
Buy a pie and a MANNA client will be delivered six life-sustaining meals. It doesn't get any sweeter that!
WILBUR VINTAGE is an official pick-up site for MANNA's Pie in the Sky - just choose site #42 - and pick up your pies the Tuesday before Thanksgiving between 3 and 8 PM. Buy a pie from me using this link, and receive 15% off at Wilbur Vintage.
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Thank you, thank you, thank you to vocalist, Samantha Rise Roberson, for mentioning WILBUR as one of her Philadelphia favorites! Click on photo of Samantha to view her sweet praise.
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
Jun 9, 2009
JAY MCCARROLL, FROM PROJECT RUNWAY SEASON 1, STOPS BY WILBUR TO CHECK OUT BETH BEVERLY'S WEARABLE ART!
Shop Jay McCarroll's online boutique, THE COLONY
May 29, 2009
Welcome back to our look at the fascinating history of nylon hosiery!
If you're just joining us, please read Part I, in which we cover the advent of "synthetic silk," its benefits and promises, and women's insatiable demand for it. So great was nylon's popularity that a year after its introduction, Du Pont was still trying to catch up with demand. And with WWII approaching, nylon was about to become even more difficult to procure.
It was the early 1940s, and as international tension mounted, the U.S. government froze Japanese silk imports. Hosiery-iIndustry executives estimated that the nation's legwear mills contained enough silk to produce only seven more months' worth of stockings. This meant that increased nylon output was essential if the bare legs of American women were to remain acceptably covered. Du Pont constructed a second plant to produce sufficient amounts of nylon, and those in the hosiery business urged women not to panic. "There is no reason to go stockingless in this country," promised Henry Leader, president of Branch 1, American Federation of Hosiery Workers. "We have enough materials to produce enough hosiery for everybody." Gustave Ketterer, chairwoman of the Consumers Advisory Board of the Chamber of Commerce, predicted that women would find the means to avoid a stockingless fad, for esthetic reasons if nothing else. "There is nothing attractive about bare legs," she said. "And American women are very particular about their looks."
But the situation only worsened. It turned out that nylon was a
wonderful material with which to make parachutes, and saving the lives
of valiant soldiers jumping out of planes took precedent over fashion.
In January of 1942, civilian use of nylon was reduced by 20 percent so
that all resources could be dedicated to chutes. The following month,
DuPont made a harrowing announcement: nylon for commercial use would
be available only on a spot basis. Women even began experiencing
social pressure to give up the nylon hose that they already had when
stockings were named an official war salvage item. Pennsylvania was
especially gung-ho in the hose-collecting effort. In a nationwide
contest to contribute hosiery, the state came in first, donating
This was a fashion crisis. But American women, never ones to back down
from a challenge, got creative. If they couldn't find hose, by golly,
they'd paint them on. Liquid hose became a fad. The Philadelphia
Evening Bulletin reported on the trend. In order to "avoid the
unfortunate results which are daily appearing in the form of blotched,
bespattered legs and frayed dispositions," an article read, "many
shops are offering a new kind of service, the 'demonstration' leg
make-up … With a little instruction the user can learn to paint on
smooth, flattering stockings." Lord & Taylor introduced the "Golden
Calf" room, where Helena Rubenstein herself taught leg art and
foot-relaxation exercises. And women who lived through this traumatic
time still pass down tales of painting faux seams with eyeliner up the
back of their legs.
Makeup was a quick fix, but ladies hungered for the real thing. The
black market was big business during the war, and nylons were known to
sell for upwards of $10 a pair. Federal agents raided warehouses,
seizing thousands of illegally produced pairs. Even as V-E Day
approached, the press warned that the end of war wouldn't mean a quick
return of legal nylon hose. A 135-day wait was expected, and the
National Association of Hosiery Manufacturers planned for a modest and
orderly reentry into the market in order to avoid chaos. The first
post-war stockings came off the looms at Gotham Silk Hosiery Co.'s
mill on September 13, 1945. Two days later a press release was issued
promising that nylons in "fair quantity" would be on store counters by
January of the following year. Finally, women could breathe deeply,
knowing that they had come out the other side of this nightmare with
their legs and dignity intact.
Posted by Daniel Wilbur at 9:57 AM
May 24, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
Check out Philadelphia Fashion Examiner, Joseph Birdsong's mention of WILBUR in his article on VINTAGE FASHION FOR RECESSION CHIC
Mention this ad and get 10% any piece of jewelry (except artists' consignment) in the store
photo by Joseph Birdsong
Apr 13, 2009
NOW AT WILBUR: Check out theses one-of-a-kind limited edition ashtrays made by Kennie Bowen. Smoking will never be the same again! Pick up one for yourself or for one of your favorite SMOKING friends or relatives!
See you at WILBUR!
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Feb 8, 2009
These clothes are an occasion to celebrate all on their own!
I spend a little too much time at Wilbur. You may have noticed the redhead blooming from the couch by the window drinking coffee or snatching cookies when I think no one is looking.
I have an addiction. I cannot stay away. The thing is, Wilbur is full of the most outrageous and fun party clothes I've ever met in my life. So I buy them up, and then find myself actually excited to go to parties. Let's face it people-just because the "holidays" are over, it doesn't mean the social obligations are going stop. We all know a few Winter babies planing parties in the coming months, and lets not forget the skadillion Superbowl parties you're all bound to be inundated with.
What, wear a gown to a Superbowl party? Shuh, yeah-and I challenge you to not be the life of the party.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg, folks. We've got Valentine's Day events, anti-valentine's day events, Mardis Gras, St. Patrick's day, full moons and gallery openings! If you're anything like me, this list will make you want to throw your hands up in the air, declare defeat out of sheer exhaustion from dealing with people and hide out on your couch. But-if you're a lot like me, you'll dust the gripes off your shoulder and envelope yourself with an outstanding ensemble that will charm everyone you encounter.
Remember, everything is what you make it.
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