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The 1890s Bicycle Bloomer Brouhaha

With a better understanding of the connection between exercise and health, many middle and upper class women took up sports activities during the 19th century including lawn games like badminton, croquet and tennis, as well as calisthenics and sea bathing. … Continue reading

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Women in advertising – literally

From the website Luminous Lint comes these photographs of women dressed in the paraphernalia of products offered by the company they are representing. It seems to have been a popular advertising idea for local parades in the late 1880s and early … Continue reading

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In Gear…

The New York World published an article in 1895 that listed 41 don’ts for lady cyclists. Many of the suggestions are practical, but most have an amusing element of style scolding associated with them including: Don’t be a fright. Don’t … Continue reading

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As Seen In – 1894 beaded purse

There is no seminal work on the history of purses, and I find that most beaded bags are mis-dated. That is why I found this 1894 illustration particularly helpful for dating this purse from the Fashion History Museum collection.

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