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Complicated follower of fashion

Posted in Art, Grammar & usage, History by uninformedcomment on May 27, 2010

Fashion illustration, 1841

Ever wondered how society ladies in the provinces knew what to wear (and what not to wear) before the days of glossy photographs in magazines? Even illustrations such as the one above, from 1841, were beyond the scope of newspaper presses.

So, they had to read all about it. At considerable length, and partly in French.

From the Hull Packet, Friday, January 1st, 1840:

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