From the movies to the fashions to those amazing appliances, I am a true fan of the 1940's. In a recent thread on the quiltart internet list, many wrote of the joy of buying thrift store clothing to use in quilts - something I've been doing for more than 25 years. Most of my quilts contain recycled textiles of one type or another - from a shirt, a hanky or a humble apron. In my view, these fabrics are a big part of what give a quilt soul.
I also collect vintage neckties. Pictured below are a few silk ones from my favorite decade. Check the label pix to get a "feel" for what the old ones look like.