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Photograph album of costumes and accessories.

Derby, 1920s?

Oblong album (190 x 265 mm approx.), 8 leaves of thick grey card, with 26 photographic prints of various male and female costumes (11 with hand colouring, c. 13 x 8 cm, some by ‘County Studios 1 & 2 Bold Lane Derby’), with typed captions and rental prices below, together with 108 small cut-out engravings of accessories, each with accompanying sticker with handwritten title and price; light rubbing to a few prints; overall very good in light brown cloth, upper cover lettered ‘Photographs’; a little wear to extremities, a few light marks; ‘County Carnival Stores 1 Bold Lane Derby’ stamped in black ink to upper and lower covers.

£375

Approximately:
US $459€435

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A delightful album of fancy dress costumes and accessories put together by County Carnival Stores of Derby, Derbyshire, from which clients could select the party outfits of their choice. The charming photographs, several with hand colouring, would appear to have been mostly taken in-house.

Local partygoers had plenty of choice. The costumes illustrated here include clowns (Pierrette), a pearly king, a cowboy, a ‘Hindoo rajah’, ‘Scotch dress’, a butterfly, a target, Father Christmas, Cinderella pages, a Dutchman (modelled by a woman), an Irish colleen, a Spanish dancer and gypsy, a student, Britannia, Dick Turpin (also modelled by a woman), ‘Don Caesar’, and ‘Powder puff’. Rental charges range from 3 shillings and 6 pence for Britannia to 42 shillings for full traditional Scottish regalia including an impressively large sporran.

The selection of accessories, illustrated in small cut-out engravings, includes horns and trumpets, daggers and swords, bows and arrows, a telephone, and an impressive array of headgear, encompassing crowns, military hats, bonnets, Indian headdresses, bishop’s mitres, clown hats, fezes, turbans, and coronets.

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