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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    Elves In Hoops, A Wounded Man's Christmas

    Christmas dinner for wounded soldiers, place settings ready, various last-minute preparations apparent. Isn't it awesome? It's probably one of the Washington, DC hospitals. Ladies planned months in advance then showed up themselves. It wasn't ' just ' Christmas dinner, it was giving back to the...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever ", But It'll Cost You

    Fashion extremes have had pens stuck in them since Eve found a couple cute fig leaves. With reason. This is decades pre-war ( 1829 ), lampooning the corset craze. 40 years later no one seems to have worried much. We still laced ourselves into disarranging ribs. One of my favorite images...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Crinoline - Fashion To Die For, And They Did

    From 1856, one of the earliest cartoons I can find where someone stuck a pen into the ' new ' fashion. By the time crinoline became obsolete there would be a lot more. Because the war years fall smack in the middle of the hoop skirt/crinoline fashion craze images of bell shaped women are almost...
  4. Belle Montgomery

    Fashion Show

    If anyone missed I posted pics with about 20 different style dresses/hoopskirts from the Zoar Reenactment this past weekend. Lots of lovely styles to view. I wished I could've got all of them but the venue was too huge (throughout the entire town) and I was stationary most of the time. Was not...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Crinolines Take Flight, Our Aerodynamic Fashion Extreme

    Just one of a plethora of era cartoons lampooning this improbable fashion extreme. Yes, I realize we're a little smitten by them and descriptions of floating belles waltzing on magnolia strewn verandas captures popular imagination. Women also caught fire, were struck by lightening, drowned and...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Hoop Skirts' Contentious Past; How Big WERE Those Things?

    " Curious effect produced by a fashionable lady, walking down the aisle at church ", caption. Men put their hats, brim up, next to their pews, Sundays during church. Swept away by wide skirts, another guy has had enough. No one is attacking this iconic image, or what it represents to anyone...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Fashion Lumbers Backwards, Or, 1820 To 1865, How'd That Happen?

    The 1864's trim, petticoated, crinolined, corseted and layer encumbered granddaughter of 1825's svelte, high waisted, slipped ancestress had not sat down since 1855. She also had an awful lot more buttons to do up at the throat than Grandmother in her youth, more sheer poundage in fabric to lug...
  8. Belle Montgomery

    Ladies: tips on using the toilet in hoops video-Funny

    I'm sure the men will be watching this too! LOL Enjoy Izabela Pitcher's channel priorattire. She is a costume historian, reenactor and her videos are very informative. She's got a great one wearing a corset performing sports even ice skating at a public rink only in her underpinnings! Her...
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