Monday, April 14, 2008

Modes & Manners of the 19th Century

After seeing so many old books this weekend, I've started reviewing my own collection. Here are some pages of a book I own: "Modes & Manners of the Nineteenth Century," published in 1909. I got the book at a Somerville Public Library sale some years ago for 1 dollar. The book consists of illustrations, paintings, and photographs of European and American women's fashions from 1843 to 1878. There are two other volumes to the collection, which I don't have. What I like about the book is the romantic, idyllic illustrations of women strolling around together in pastoral settings, linking arms and staring into each other's eyes. It's like a dream! (I'd almost be willing to wear one of those horrid dresses....)

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