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Pretty and Cool: A White Summer Dress, ca. 1895

Pretty white summer dresses were everywhere in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were lightweight and cool, and everyone looked fabulous in them, whatever the occasion. No wonder these gowns were so popular. In August 1897, a fashion … Continue reading

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They Will Do It Anyway: Bloomers, Cycling, and the New Woman

This post discusses an 1897 advertisement for bicycle tires in BPMM’s fall exhibition, The “Quiet Circle”: Women and Girls in 19th-Century America, on view until November 19. In 1898, the ex-governor of Ohio, Joseph B. Foraker, contributed to an article … Continue reading

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