Jennifer Le Zotte
A novelty coonskin hat (circa 1955), popular after the Disney release of Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier. Often cobbled together from old coonskin fur coats from the 1920s. This example is housedheld in collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.)
An Academic Wednesday
I've always thought of Wednesday as a transition day--moving from the (sometimes laborious) start of the week, towards the rest of it.
2017 is the start of a professional sort of Wednesday for me. I'm hoping to make the most of it!
Things accomplished and pending:
After years of plugging away at my book while teaching heavy loads in contingent faculty positions, it is with great pleasure that I get to put some energy toward other projects I've been longingly considering. Right now, I'm in transition. I still have a lot of focus on secondhand questions, but I'm starting to explore other topics--like great parties in history, the cultural history of profiling, and sexuality and early celebrities.
As one of my first gestures towards this new transitional space, I just published a short piece on smithsonianmag.com, for whom I write on occasion. What with the book, teaching, job searching, and family things, it had been a while!
This fun romp through the first official vintage fad gives a quick, somewhat popularized taste of my book. From Davy Crockett to Rudolph Valentino to Greenwich Village and Macy's ads, raccoon fur was key to the 1956-57 collegiate fad that lent the adjective "vintage" to clothing for the first time.