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Posted July 28, 2007
This is a great reference book for clothing historians, or those interested in learning more about historic clothing in America. The book covers American clothing history from the 1840s until the end of the 19th century. It features pictures of men, women, children, and family portraits. A detailed analysis of the historic clothing accompanies each picture. Most pictures depict people of the upper and middle classes, and there are some pictures of the working/laboring classes. The nuances of clothing fashions (sleeve designs, skirt lengths, collars) are also described. The book seems quite well researched, using primary sources and secondary information to obtain a high level of accuracy. Overall, this is a wonderful book.
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