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Wedding fashions 1935
« on: Friday 17 September 21 13:42 BST (UK) »
In the newspaper description of a wedding in Hampshire in 1935, the bridesmaids are wearing 'dresses of floral georgette, their head-dresses being tulle flapjacks and they carried bouquets of golden chrysanthemums'.

Any idea of what a 'flapjack' in this context was, or what they should have said and the reporter did not read his own writing correctly?


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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #1 on: Friday 17 September 21 14:00 BST (UK) »
It looks as though in the early 30s a flapjack was something you could carry or wear, as well as the edible ones we are more familiar with! See this in the Leeds Mercury 1 March 1933, with illustration:

"Inspired by those huge, flat powder cases known as "flapjacks," the new hat has, as you see, a soft beret-like crown over a stiffer rim trimmed with a band of petersham ribbon, finishing with two jaunty, upright tabs.  Worn at the fashionable angle, "The Flapjack" boasts an attractive little eye-veil."

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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #2 on: Friday 17 September 21 14:18 BST (UK) »
Thank-you.

I had tried a google search, with no success.

Did not know that a powder case was called a flapjack, will now look that up.


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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #3 on: Friday 17 September 21 22:01 BST (UK) »
Compact is the word I know for a hinged lidded container of face powder, with puff and mirror for ladies to refresh their complexions.

I imagine the stiff ribbon was what stood up .
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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #4 on: Friday 17 September 21 22:40 BST (UK) »
  I did find a picture of a flapjack powder case, but it seemed a bit odd. I thought the picture of the hat had a rather nautical look.
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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 18 September 21 10:45 BST (UK) »
It's a bit confusing, as there is a firm called Flapjack which makes, amongst other things, hats, mainly the peaked caps so loved by a certain D.Trump.  My mother wore at her 1931 wedding a Juliet cap made of strands of pearls and attached to a lace veil, and her bridesmaids had floral georgette dresses (as mentioned in the first post) with big floppy picture hats.  Chrysanthemums must have made quite a hefty bouquet for your bridesmaids.  So different from the dainty posies carried nowadays.
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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 18 September 21 11:29 BST (UK) »
Yes, I got 'hits' for the firm of Flapjack.

I do wonder how long the term was in use.

I think they had chrysanthemums in the Winter months for bouquets, also roses, carnations, lilies-of-the-valley and Arum lilies.

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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 18 September 21 11:37 BST (UK) »
I think chrysanthemums were fashionable at the time. My grandad and all his contemporaries grew them (and did so for the rest of their lives). I have a photo of my grandmother as a bridesmaid in the 30s wearing a big floppy hat. I think they looked lovely. Interesting to see mention of a Juliet cap too. I wore one in the same floral fabric as my dress as a bridesmaid in the 70s.
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Re: Wedding fashions 1935
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 18 September 21 14:12 BST (UK) »
Several participants in 1935 weddings have dresses in 'Jubilee Blue' - Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary.
There was a blue Jubilee stamp issued (also other colours), wondered if the two were related?