Category Archives: Ana’s WIP

1919 Lingerie, Anyone?

on November 2, 2021

Not for nothing (another way of saying “My Work-in-Progress takes place in 1919 San Francisco”, I’ve done a lot of research about WWI-ish American women’s lingerie.

To keep my research together, I’m collecting together some of these newspaper advertisements today.

First, I like to know how much everything costs. Don’t you?

 

And then, I like to know the fabric my heroine is wearing under her clothes. I can tell you right now that in this story, my heroine’s skin is being caressed by that silky, sexy, and definitely superior, Crepe de Chine.

And I like to make sure that my heroine has some variety. Because she’s not going to be in her step-ins all day.

But finally, here’s my favorite find: PARIS BEAUTIES PAINT DIMPLES ON KNEES FOR NEW “BATHING” SEASON.

 

 

PAINTED DIMPLES, because, WHY NOT?

Coroner vs. Medical Examiner

on October 26, 2021

Coroner or Medical Examiner, do you know which “death professional” your city has?

It’s a big thing, when you’re writing crime fiction, to make sure that you have the facts straight: does your story setting have a Coroner or a Medical Examiner? Because they do different things, these guys.

It’s also important to know when you’re writing historical crime fiction. So for my 1919 WIP, I went to the April 12, 1919 San Francisco Examiner for the straight scoop.

And here you are: In 1919, the City of San Francisco had a Coroner (Dr. T. B. W. Leland), and when Dr. Leland joined the U.S. Navy during WWI, Dr. John Gallagher took over the job.

You’re welcome.

But more importantly, now I will know where I “archived” this specific piece of information.

Now Junior, Behave Yourself!

on July 31, 2019

As all y’all might know, I’m taking a break from writing about New Orleans (Hey Fanny! Hey Kate Chopin!) and I am writing a mystery set on the vaudeville stage in San Francisco 1919.

 

This NYT article about returning WWI soldiers is right in step with some of my on-going research.

Plus, the posters are so true to the times!

Let’s Dance!

on June 29, 2019

I’m researching San Francisco in 1919 and came across this great art!

The hats! The hair! The skirts! The tails!

Makes me want to cut a rug. How about you?

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 23 November 1919.