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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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One Thousand “Girls” and the “Indestructible” Crinoline: W. S. and C. H. Thomson’s Skirt Manufactory

This post discusses an 1859 engraving of W. S. and C. H. Thomson’s Skirt Manufactory in Bartow-Pell’s fall exhibition, The “Quiet Circle”: Women and Girls in 19th-Century America, on view until November 19. The year is 1859, and an extreme … Continue reading

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Quills and Steel: Using Pens to Interpret the Past

Why does the pen-maker do wrong, and try to make others as bad as himself? Because he makes the people steal (steel) pens, and says they do right (write). Cassell’s Educator for the Young This childhood riddle tells a story … Continue reading

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