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
“A cowgirl gets up in the morning, decides what she wants to do and does it.” ― -Marie Lords, 1861
Captain Samuel J. Richardson, commander of Company F, 2nd Texas Cavalry. Richardson was evidently a man of means, appearing in this image superbly armed with a Merrill carbine and a brace of revolvers. He is decked out in trousers made from the hide of a Jaguar. Sam Houston had a favorite vest made of this material which he wore in the 1840s and 1850s so there is clear precedent.