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Women of the Old West were made of pretty strong stuff. Had to be - to survive.. .

Oklahoma History: Pioneer Life in Early Oklahoma

Fascinating, first person narratives (letters, diaries) written by pioneer women heading west in the 1840's. Read this book! The role of women pioneers has been ignored for too long by history and Hollyweird.

Having a hard time telling the boys from the girls in your vintage photos? Children of both genders wore dresses, long hair, ribbons and curls in the 1800s and early 1900s. If the child has a "BOW" at the neck of any size, it's likely to be a boy!...These photos are all of boys.

The Metropolitan Museum Dress Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: cotton

Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress, Afternoon 1862

Afternoon dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Winter 1864

ribbon chatelaine from 1862 with rosette at the top

Cotton voile summer outfit ca. 1860s. Bodice lined in cotton, detailed with ruching at collar, top of dropped sleeves and repeated on cuffs & full sleeves. Front hook & eye closure. Back-closing skirt, unlined. Print has roses in swags alternating with vertical sprig print. heartnsoul1/ebay

Wedding/evening/day dress, 1864. Six-piece outfit (skirt, day bodice, evening bodice, belt, bonnet, and gloves). Silk satin. Abito del Passato

Lilac Silk Day Dress, Early 1860s, 2-piece faille, peplum bodice, trained skirt, Augusta Auctions, November 13, 2013 - NYC

Dress with day & evening bodices, 1861. Hand-stitched and machine-stitched yellow silk taffeta with cotton lining and cashmere or mohair plush & silk cording. Caroline Bolles Cleveland wore this dress to President Lincoln’s inaugural ball in 1861. Connecticut Historical Society


White and black child both are slaves

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Evening stole and bodice, beetle wing embroidery 1860s

Dress with bolero jacket. Around 1860

natural dyeing instruction with a list of natural materials to use

Victorian Lady - Bayswater England civil war era fashion

might be long and intense process, but wouldn't it be neat to (have your husband) carve bowls and spoons?

V-neck sheer

Floral challis ballgown with belt c.1858


Oooh, look at that beautiful trim!

Wedding Bonnet 1863 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

bonnet, ca 1840 France, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston