Welcome to Why Not Then, a website dedicated to the study, preservation and reproduction of historic clothing. Here you will find detailed pictures of original garments from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as other resources from my collection for study. You will also find accurate reproductions of fashions of days gone by and articles, patterns and other helpful tidbits to help you create your own accurate reproductions!

The above photograph is of my third great-grandfather, John Grierson (seated center) with members of his family, including my second great-grandfather, Maxwell Grierson (standing behind John) and his wife, Cecelia (seated to the right of Maxwell). This photograph was taken circa 1890-1900 on the lawn of Walton Hall, outside of Manchester, England. Walton Hall was built in 1860 for John and his wife and the main structure remains standing to present day.