“Collar City” Hudson Valley 40th Annual Firemens Convention badge from June 18-20 1929

I’m simultaneously searching for bits of history of the Terra Linda Fire Department (1958-1972) as well as the history of detachable collars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, so I was amused to find this fun convention badge of a fire convention held in Troy, New York in 1929. The seal of the city of Troy, known then as “Collar City” has amended to it a dangling icon of a detachable collar.

c.1910 Corliss-Coon & Co “The Style Book” of Detachable Men’s Collars And Cuffs

Small (4.5″x7″) booklet made for small retail firms to give to customers promoting the collars by the Corliss-Coon Company being advertised in Newspapers in 1910. The cover has been personalized with the retailer S.M. Myers & Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a retailer who occasionally is mentioned in newspapers during 1908 -1918.
May 20, 1910 half page Ad in the Lebanon PA Daily News, advertising the collars in the booklet as “new” indicating the probable date of the booklet as 1910.

Phone Camera Enhancements to Class Grading, Interactions, and Learning

Thursday August 23, 2018, 10:00am-11:30am Diablo Valley College, PAC 3 (Faculty Development Workshop)

In the workshop we will interactively demonstrate using your cell phone camera to improve your own learning of student’s names, provide one on one interactions that build their confidence, easily collect coursework without taking it home, provide students with free “portfolio” shots of their work, and make grading simpler and more accurate.

Click to go see the PowerPoint Lecture on YouTube

Read the Handout: Phone Camera Enhancements FA18 DVC

See my Class Photos at Tara Maginnis Classes @ Shutterfly

If you work at Diablo Valley College and the date is before Thursday August 23, 2018, 10:00am-11:30am You can sign up for the workshop below at the link and go to Diablo Valley College, PAC 3  https://webapps.4cd.edu/apps/professionaldevelopment/WorkshopEnrollment.aspx?id=9343

Searle Manufacturing Co. Sorosis Woman’s Detachable Collar c.1900

Detachable starched collars were also popular for women in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.  Typically they were more expensive than men’s models, had embroidered or lace decoration, were lighter weight, and were more varied in style.  This one has hand fagoting insertion.  The name of the collar seems to refer to the Sorosis Club of NYC, the first club in the US for professional women. 


Box of c.1918 Early 20th Century Military Collars

A recent eBay purchase of assorted starched linen military collars in an old box of a French brand of military collars.  Sizes are in centimeters, and the names are in French and English.  Most of the collars are straight bands and one is a curved band. This page has scans of the collars flattened out so you can use them to make your own straight or curved WWI military collars in these styles.

These are all band collars that button into the neck of a military tunic like this one seen on General Pershing c. 1918

It just forms a small edge in the interior collar, and meets in the front without buttoning closed.

1a Mako garant. 4 fach collar M 465 Uniform 40 36:

PDF of 1a Mako garant 4 fach collar M 465 Uniform 40 36

You can use these patterns above to make replicas of this curved military collar.

1a. Qual. 4 Jacky Uniform 37:

PDF of 1a Qual 4 Jacky Uniform 37

You can use these patterns above to make replicas of this straight military collar.

ST 70 Armee 37:

PDF of ST 70 Armee 37

You can use these patterns above to make replicas of this straight military collar.

17 Armee 45:

PDF of 17 Armee 45

You can use these patterns above to make replicas of this straight military collar.

1926 Celluloid, Parsons and Parsons, Par Brand, Amherst Collar

Celluloid collars provided a low maintenance, waterproof, alternative to starched linen collars, and were stronger than  paper ones.  Their high point seems to have been in the 1880s when they were new, but they still regularly sold through the 1920s.  Celluloid collars are given to cracking, especially after they age, so this one can’t be flattened and scanned for a pattern. However, you can use a bleach bottle and a pattern from a linen collar to make a replica that is stronger than celluloid, washable, and cheap.  

Students from the DVC Beginning Costume Design Class Sp2018 make plastic collars using bleach bottles:

Easy Gathered Rehearsal Skirt

You need:

  • 3 yards of cotton fabric 36” wide or more
  • A pencil or chalk
  • 1 yard of3/4″ elastic
  • 2 large safety pins
  • A needle and thread or Thread and Sewing Machine
  • 2yds of ribbon
  • Scissors or snips

Instructions continued below

Click here for a printable 4 page PDF of these instructions for an “Easy Gathered Rehearsal Skirt with Pictures” as shown above 

  1. Take your 3 yards of fabric and sew the two ends of the wrong side of the fabric together in a big tube with a straight stitch going parallel to the raw edges by 3/8″ and going from one selvedge to 2.5″ below the other selvedge.

2.Press open the seam, then press it into a fold with the raw edge inside, and the seam stitching on the edge.

3. Sew the seam again, this time right side together with a line of stitching 5/8″ parallel to the first seam.  You have just made a French Seam which is very strong, even if you sewed it by hand with 3/16″ stitches!

4. Press the little 2.5″ bit of fabric at top of the seam open, and tuck the seam allowance under itself and stitch the seam allowances so they will stay open.

5. Fold the top selvedge over by 1.5″ with wrong sides together, and press flat. Sew this flap into a 1″ waistband tube for elastic and ribbon.

6. Measure the distance from your natural waist to the floor and subtract the amount you want it raised from the floor (like 2” or 4″) this is your Waist to Hem

Waist to Floor – Distance off floor = Waist to Hem

7. Apply the Waist to Hem measure number to the skirt.  Measure from the bottom of the waistband casing down towards the selvedge, mark with chalk or pencil every 6 inches or so.  Fold the hem in on that line and press.

8. Sew this hem up by hand or machine with a large (and easy to remove) stitch that can be altered for future wearers

9. Cut the two yards of ribbon into two 1-yard sections.  Depending on desired size, cut 24″ of the elastic for a small woman, 30″ for a medium woman, or 36 for a large woman, you can use larger amounts for XXL folks, and smaller ones for children, generally 3-5″ less than the waist measure is a good amount. 

10. Sew the two pieces of ribbon to the two ends of the elastic. 

11. Attach the two safety pins to the two far ends of ribbon.  Fasten one pin to the French seam allowance at top, and push the other end through the waistband tube at the top of the skirt till you have ribbon coming out at both sides of the tube.  

12. Get the center of the elastic to stick in the center of the waistband tube, and do a little bit of hand stitching to fix it there at the center.  Pull more of the ribbon out at both ends and try it on. 

13. Remove the safety pins and cut the ends of the ribbon at a sharp pointed angle to reduce unraveling.  Tie the ribbons into a bow to adjust the snugness of the waist.

That’s it.  It’s done!

Color Plates Pt 2. from c. 1910 Das Schminken in Theorie und Praxis (Makeup in Theory and Practice) Berlin

Grandmother Pt 1

Grandmother Pt 2

Frederich the Great pt 1

Frederich the Great pt 2

Napoleon I pt 1

Napoleon I pt 2

Otto Von Bismark Pt 1

Otto Von Bismark Pt 2

Napoleon III pt 1

Napoleon III pt 2

Gustav Adolf pt 1

Gustav Adolf pt 2

Wallenstein Pt 1

Wallenstein Pt 2

William Tell pt 1

William Tell pt 2

Gessler pt 1  

Louis XIV pt 1

Louis XIV pt 2

Lohengrin pt 1

Lohengrin pt 2

King Lear Pt 1

King Lear Pt 2

Kuhleborn pt 1

Kuhleborn pt 2

Dr. Faustus pt 1

Dr. Faustus pt 2

Mephistopheles pt 1

Mephistopheles pt 2

the trumpeter of SHistorical akkingen pt 1

the trumpeter of Sakkingen pt 2

Rococo Lady Hair and Makeup pt 1

Rococo Lady Hair and Makeup pt 2

Uncle Brasig pt 1

Uncle Brasig pt 2

The Flying Dutchman pt 1

The Flying Dutchman pt 2

Clown pt 1

Clown part 2

Big Moustache man pt 1

Big Moustache Man pt 2

Tailor/Cutter part 1

Tailor Cutter pt 2

Shoemaker pt 1

Shoemaker pt 2

Comic Sergeant pt

Aging Dude pt 1

Aging Dude pt 2

Sailor pt 1

Sailor pt 2

Rascal pt 1

Rascal pt 2

Schoolmaster pt 1

Schoolmaster pt 2

Comic Old Lady pt 1

Comic Old Lady pt 2

Miser pt 1

Miser pt 2

Goethe pt 1

Goethe pt 2

Old Maid pt 1

Old Maid Pt 2

Babylonian King pt 1

Babylonian King pt 2



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Color Plates Pt. 1 in c. 1910 Das Schminken in Theorie und Praxis (Makeup in Theory and Practice) Berlin


Goatee Man pt 1

Goatee Man pt 2

Chinese Man pt 1

Chinese Man pt 2

Japanese Woman Pt 1

Japanese Woman Pt 2

Native American Man Pt 1

Native American Man Pt 2

A Moor Pt 1

A Moor Pt 2

Gypsy Man Pt 1

Gypsy Man Pt 2

Gypsy Woman Pt 1

Gypsy Woman Pt 2

Englishman Pt 1

Englishman Pt 2

Tyrolian Pt 1

Tyrolian Pt 2

Russian Pt 1

Russian Pt 2

Polish Jew Peddlar Pt 1

Polish Jew Peddlar Pt 2

Modern Jew Pt 1

Modern Jew Pt 2

Student pt 1

Student pt 2

Ingenue pt 1

Ingenue pt 2

Soldier pt 1

Soldier pt 2

Lieutenant pt 1

Lieutenant pt 2

Young Lady pt 1

Young Lady pt 2

Sergeant pt 1

Sergeant pt 2

Recruit pt 1

Recruit pt 2

Artist Pt 1

Artist pt 2

Stately Servant pt 1

Stately Servant pt 2

Modern Hairdressing pt 1

Modern Hairdressing pt 2

Modern Hairdressing with goatee pt 1

Modern Hairdressing with goatee pt 2

Ranger pt 1

Ranger pt 2

hero father in his prime pt 1

hero father in his prime pt 2

The Professor pt 1

The Professor pt 2

Makeup Basics in Das Schminken in Theorie und Praxis (Makeup in Theory and Practice) Berlin


Crepe Hair

Crepe Hair

Applying Base

Smoothing Base

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