Who Was Sassy Jane?

Who was Sassy Jane? Here’s the answer
as a way of celebrating the 8th anniversary of Sassy Jane Genealogy.

Who Was Sassy Jane?

California Federation of Women’s Clubs, “The Clubwoman,” Nov 1921, p. 17.

Who Was Sassy Jane?

Press-Courier (Oxnard, California), 28 Feb 1925, p. 4

When I started my blog in 2010, I was searching around for a memorable name. Then I recalled some 1920s ads for “Sassy Jane Frocks” I’d seen doing newspaper research. Since it seemed like all the blog names using trees, roots, leaves, or branches were already taken, I decided to go for memorable.

So I combined my love of vintage ephemera and genealogy research into Sassy Jane Genealogy. And that’s how Sassy Jane turned into my genealogy site.

Over the years, I’ve expanded things a bit, from the blog to a newsletter and ebooks. As always, my focus is on genealogy from the perspective of an archivist and librarian, with special attention to European research.

Who Was Sassy Jane?

As it turned out, Sassy Jane was a guy named Milt. Milton G. Cooper, to be precise, president of the firm of Milton G. Cooper Dry Goods. This company made Sassy Jane and Perky Peggy dress, aprons, and children’s clothes, throughout the 1920s.

Sidetracked by Sassy Jane

How often do you get sidetracked when you’re doing newspaper research? I admit it happens to me all the time. And Sassy Jane was no exception. Soon I had a collection of ads, notices of fashion shows, legal cases, city directory listings, news articles, and more. But that’s a post for a different day.

In the meantime, happy researching to all of Sassy Jane’s readers and happy birthday to Sassy Jane.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

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