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History of American Fashion

History of American Fashion

History of American Fashion Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?

The Workings of a Dress Shop

All correspondence, transactions, measurements, and objects discovered in 1989 at the A. & L. Tirocchi dress shop in Providence, Rhode Island (in business from 1915-1947).

Innovation Protection?

Statement concerning a proposed bill on protection for fashion design, which the House of Representatives considered during the summer of 2006 (referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary).

An Early Fashion Mag

A fashion magazine from Maryland, printed in January 1886.

Tailors Advertise

An advertising leaflet for "Young, the Tailor," 1898.

The Business of Kid's Clothing

A page out of The Advertising Handbook (1921) on marketing children's clothing.

Hats, Anyone?

A business card for the "Fashionable Milliner" (a hat store) in Raleigh, North Carolina (circa nineteenth century).

$2 Pants?!?!

A letter from Uriah W. Oblinger in Gove City, Kansas, to his family on 10 May 1887, in which he discusses purchasing a pair of pants ("jeans") for $2.00 and "2 nice blue Flannel shirts" for $2.75 each.

Washerwomen Walk Out On the Job

Historian Tera Hunter presents a recap and a lesson plan for teaching about the 1881 washerwomen's strike in Atlanta, with primary sources transcribed at the bottom of the page.

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