Mary Carlson
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It all began innocently enough. A few years ago Brian and I bought a Model A [1928 Roadster]. Then, we bought another Model A [1930 Murray Town Sedan]. Then, we began to get out to more tours and picnics. It occurred to me that there is more to this Model A hobby than the cars; as cute as they are.

It seemed to be a natural thing to "dress up" for the tours and picnics. Then, it seemed to be natural to think about "dressing up" all the time. So, I started to look for other places to wear my era- look clothes such as live theatre and silent movies. In 2008, I became an apprentice fashion judge and was determined to learn more and more about the fashions and lifestyle of the years from 1928 to 1931. I love the elegance of the clothing and the detail of the accessories that go along with those wonderful outfits. I am especially fond of the hats! I am in the process of building a substantial reference library of magazines, catalogues and books. I don't know where I'll put them all, but that's a problem for another day....

Judging at three regional meets in the last two years has been a pleasure and a wonderful learning experience. The other judges have been great fun to work with and the entrants have been fabulous. I plan to continue working towards becoming a master judge. However, this summer I am going to take the opportunity of being an entrant at the MAFCA 2010 International Convention, in Vancouver, Canada. I have had the privilege of being the Host Fashion Coordinator for the International Convention. It's been a very busy time for Brian and I [he is the Chairman of the convention]. We've learned a lot and have come in contact with many, many Model A-ers. You are a great bunch of people!

With the planning for the convention coming to a close, I know that I will have more time to devote to the fashion aspect of our hobby, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity of working on the Era Fashion Committee.

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