Something neato from the bad old days: It's impossible to over-estimate how awful things were back in the day for coal miners and factory workers and share-croppers. Tons of info about this shameful history on the 'net. What we got is something rare and awesome from the movement in 1917, a perfect gift for the labor organizer, labor activist, history teacher, or anyone else interested in American history:
Matchy matchy is a pejorative term for overly matched (either in color, style or whatever) clothing ensembles. Yet sometimes matchy matchy kinda works to make a GREAT overall impression. Exhibit A, starting from the top:
I'm all kinds of interested - and always have been - with sub-cultures. The Amish, motorheads, nuns, book club ladies, gay male antiques dealers, the British Royal Family, Hasidics, and on and on. I am also super-interested in cemeteries. Today, amma show you a photo I saved from a New York Times (I think it was the NYT) from a few years ago. It came with a tragic story of a Hasidic couple getting killed in a taxi accident. The photo was from their wedding.
That wild thing on his head is a shtreimel, from the fur approximately 30 dead animals. Shtreimels cost from a grand up to $5000 or so. The coat he's wearing is not the one you usually sees Hasidic men wearing, but I have been unsuccessful in finding out what it's called. The very pretty bride's gown is pretty typical for a Hasidic wedding, since Haredi (synonym for Hasidic) women are forbidden to show much skin. If her particular community was REALLY hardcore, the day after her wedding, her head would have been completely shaved, and a wig plopped on it. Interesting, no? Yes.