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African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles: Allan D. Austin: 9780415912709: Amazon.com: Books

Biography of Yarrow Mamout and his descendants. Fascinating.

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19th-century American Women: Photos of 1800s African American Women

"A Secret to Be Buried"

"A Secret to Be Buried"

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Front-closing evening dress from ca. 1860s. From Alexandre Vassiliev's collection. Photos from Brother at Your Side and Vassiliev's Facebook.

another great resource on the Paisley Shawl w/ references

Paisley Shawl | Shawls of Paisley Design

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detail of front closing ballgown bodice. Dress came w/ a square necked day bodice w/ open sleeves as well. Thread buttons

Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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front closing gown c 1865. French. Click thru for detail pix. MET

Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Dress c1865

Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Black evening dress. Flounces are sheer. Click thru to MET for more pix

Evening dress | probably British | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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ebay seller of great mid-century ephemera. Tons of listings and images.

eclectible on eBay

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CWE CDV Woman Purse Scarf Snood Internal Revenue Tax Stamp DTD 11 25 64 MA | eBay

The progression of photographic formats in the 1800s. Nearly all consumer photographs in the 19th century were produced by one of these technologies.

19th Century Photographs | Photo Research and Restoration

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Interesting trim, double point bodice, large open sleeves with very full undersleeves. Note the size of her purse.

Joseph Arnold Handkerchief - South Union Mills