Woman writing letters at cluttered Victorian desk
The Two Paths: What Will the Girl Become?
At 13 Bad Literature, At 20 Flirting Coquettery, At 26 Fast Life and Dissipation, At 40 An Outcast;
At 13 Study & Obedience, At 20 Virtue & Devotion, At 26 A Loving Mother, At 60 An Honored Grandmother
The Natural Waist
The ribs of large curve; the lungs large and roomy; the liver stomach and bowels in their normal position; all with abundant room.
Effects of Lacing
The ribs bent almost to angles; the lungs contracted; the liver, stomach and intestines forced down into the pelvis, crowding the womb seriously.
Depiction of the choice a woman must make in life.
Preparing to entertain her lover
Mother and daughter
Young lady smelling a rose that she has received
Young lady writing
Lady Reading the Bible
animal magnetism is supposed to radiate from and encircle every human being
Woman opening the door to find a baby in a basket
Two young ladies talking
Mother and daughter
A cat eating from the counter while a lady ignores the cat
Young Lady writing
Bridal dress for the marriage ceremony - 1850
Robe of white poult de soie. The skirt very full, and ornamented in front with five rows of lace, finished at each end with bows of white satin. The rows of lace are of graduated lengths, the lower row being about a quarter and a half long, and the upper one not more than five or six inches.
Dress of bright apple-green silk; the skirt with three deep flounces pinked at the edges. The corsage high and plain. Mantelet of very pale lilac silk, trimmed with two rows of lace de laine of the same color, and each row of lace surmounted by passementerie. The lace extends merely round the back part of the mantelet, and the fronts are trimmed with passementerie only. Bonnet of white crinoline, with rows of lilac ribbon set on in bouillonnées. The bonnet is lined with white crape, and the under-trimming consists of bouquets of lilac and white flowers. Straw-colored kid gloves. White silk parasol.
It is designed chiefly for a rich riding-dress, it being too long in the skirt for the promenade, and not convenient for the drawing-room. It is called the Moldavian Style; a petite veste of dark green cloth entirely covered with an embroidery of lace imitating guipure royal, and displaying the shape to the greatest perfection. The skirt is very ample and cut in a novel manner so as to fall in long folds like an antique drapery. The front is ornamented with an apron-trimming of deep lace. The sleeves are demi-long; the hands and wrists covered by long white gloves. When in full dress for the saddle, a gray beaver hat is worn, the brim low in front, and turned up at the sides, and ornamented with a long, twisted ostrich feather; cambric collar and manchettes (ruffles) each closed by a double button of rubies or other precious stones.
Silk, trimmed with three ruffles. Above there, and extending up each gore, is a fancy silk braid to match color of dress.
The lower skirt is trimmed with bands of satin stitched with white. The upper skirt is trimmed with two satin bands and edged with a narrow fringe. The skirt is open at the side with revers, and laced across with cord and tassels.
A woman’s head
From the original drawing by Edwin Howland Blashfield
Young Lady Writing
We are in the midst of the gay season, but its modes, until disturbed by the approach of spring, were fixed before the holidays, and for the most part have already been reported. The Paris journals, we may remark, however, dwell much on the unusual ascendency of black, in furs, velvets, cloths, and other heavy stuffs, for walking and carriage dresses, and on the greater demand than in recent winters for every species of embroidery.
Old lady with beard
Woman in hat
Lady sitting in a carriage with an umbrella smoking a cigarette