A look at Yesteryear's Fashions through Photographs
Women's Active Wear

About this Image:
1)  Miss Ernestine Edmunds (1874–1961) stands next to her horse, Gunpowder, with pet dog Buttermilk at her feet. She wears a closely fitted hat with her dark riding habit. The habit's button-down bodice, leg–o–mutton sleeves, and narrow skirt make her look as elegant off a horse as on its back.

  At the age of 16, Miss Edmunds began riding her horse (notice the side saddle) to teach at the Morrill-Chapel Ward school, the forerunner of the Harlandale school system. She continued to teach at various institutions, including the German-English School, St. Hedwig's, and Alamo Heights. She was the younger sister of Josephine Edmunds and inherited her family's home, which she later donated to the San Antonio Conservation Society.

2)  In the late 19th century, the bicycle gave women unprecedented freedom of movement and travel. This unidentified couple poses with their bikes in front of the San Jose Mission granary around the turn of the century. Although the woman's loose, high-necked blouse is similar to what the fashionable streetcar passengers wore, notice her shorter skirt and smaller hat brim. Her male companion wears knee–length trousers over long socks and a flat cap, both popular and practical.

3)Marjorie Stinson (1895–1975) poses with her hand on the propeller of a bi-plane. Part of the famous Stinson family of aviators who opened Stinson Field & Flying School in 1916, she acquired the 9th pilot's license in the U.S. and was awarded the first Texas air mail carrier contract.

  Marjorie wears a cloche hat, strapped shoes, and slim, loose-fitting clothes typical of the 1920s. Contrast this with the belted dresses worn by the girls posing in Alamo Plaza a few years earlier.

Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation
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2) 19002) 1900
3) 19153) 1915