I have a fascination for vintage gloves, and have a pretty good collection from the 50's 60's and 70's.
Theyre also perfect to use an example of the role change of women in the last 100 years or so.
In the early 20th century a woman of any standing hands were pale smooth thin and graceful. It's interesting to see pictures of tomato pickers in the fields, even up till the 1950's, totally covered head to toe, and with hands swaddled in bandages, to try and keep them less rough and of course untanned.
True there was also the protection from disease angle. In fact gloves weren't even removed to greet guests; something that later on was shunned as a total lack of finesse. As a child I still remember my mother showing me the technique of how to put a glove on properly. There were also complicated codes of what your gloves should match with!
The world wars, new materials and women's position in todays world means that gloves are rarely used except for keeping out the cold .
But in the last couple of years I have seen a resurgence and I have huge hopes for their glorious come back.