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A Missing Purse

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Quantock Hall, early December 1848 “Good morning, Mr. Smythe.” Kate swept happily into the warm library, sunlight pouring in the windows. She smiled at the elderly butler and stepped towards a bookshelf. “How are you?” “Troubled, my lady.” Smythe stood by Earl Beaufort’s desk, hands clasped and trembling. “There should …

Victorian Fashion Terms; N ~ Z


Please refer to the previous article, Victorian Fashion Terms; A ~ M, for an introduction. Nonchalantes were the first elasticized corsets, marketed around 1850 as travelling corsets. Rubber had been used in clothing for about twenty years, and started to be less smelly and more durable. However, these early elasticized …

Victorian Feminine Ideal; about the perfect silhouette, hygiene, grooming, & body sculpting


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