Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919) was a Civil War surgeon, and the only woman to receive the National Medal of Honor for her service. This photo by Mathew Brady shows her preferred trousers outfit in full length. Later in life, Walker wore a top hat and menswear suit to formal occasions.
Muff and Scarf,1880, a rare example made from the heads and feathers of gulls, this accessory set represents the passion for using bird feathers and bird parts to decorate hats and other high-style fashion accessories in the 19th century. The practice ended in the early 20th century as birds were becoming extinct. A set like this would have been been worn by an elite member of society.
Journalist Nellie Bly, as she set out to make her journey around the world on November 14, 1889. She boarded a steamer and began her 24,899-mile journey, bringing with her the dress she was wearing, a sturdy overcoat, several changes of underwear and a small travel bag carrying her toiletry essentials. She carried most of her money in a bag tied around her neck.
Fetching in the Lines - Lizzie Alice Hawksfield - Whitby - North Yorkshire - England - Late 1800s