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The Pleasure of Your Company (but No Gaucheries, Please!): Dinner Parties in 19th-Century America

Let’s say that you wanted to give a dinner party in the 19th century. Or maybe you were invited to one. What were these dinners like? And how did you avoid making ghastly faux pas? A selection of at least … Continue reading

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More than Summer Style: An 1840s Straw Bonnet

  Nineteenth-century fashion editors in Paris, London, Philadelphia, and New York loved to write about straw bonnets. Why all the chatter? This charming headgear was a spring and summer favorite for decades. The female population relished the thrill of buying … Continue reading

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What’s a Girl to Do? Nineteenth-Century Lifestyle Guides for Young Ladies

To quote pop star Cindi Lauper, “Girls just want to have fun,” and it was often the same in the nineteenth century. Plus ça change, as they say. There were just a lot more rules back then. And let’s not … Continue reading

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