working women


    Two Civil War widows became pioneering librarians

    Minnesota Historical Society Melissa Smith, with her son, Eugene and husband, 2nd Lt. DeWitt Clinton Smith. Melissa became the state librarian, a post her husband had held previously, after he was killed by Confederate guerrillas in Tennessee during the Civil War. Two Civil War widows became...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " Help Wanted, Female Not Afraid To Work ", A Girl's Gotta Eat

    In this wildly romanticized 1863 illustration from one of Frank Leslie's magazines, a ' Lady ' is the center of attention, surrounded by luxury, pampered by her maids. Given a predilection towards peddling this kind of ideal 140 years ago, little wonder we're still at it, romanticizing the era...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Amaneuneses, Colporters And Aquaria Makers; Ladies Bring Home Bacon, 1864

    By 1864, displaced women felt the pinch. Soldier's wives, sisters, daughters and mothers in households where the breadwinner vanished faced terribly uncertain futures. It cannot have been an accident that an 1864 book publication offered a huge variety of opportunities for women to choose from-...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Fashion To - Die - For, Or, An Era Dance With Death

    Since the era chemist issuing a warning on ball dresses - and death- to America was British, it's only fair a famous, British ( if ridiculously elite ) ball room be used illustrating the point. Almack's Assembly Rooms, London, had unbelievably survived a Regency popularity explosion and still...