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This is a big book with many illustrations and must have been a tremendous amount of work requiring enormous expertise. Nevertheless, I was somewhat disappointed because it was recommended to me as a book that could be used to date photographs and it is not. The author may be familiar with 19th century fashion but would almost certainly fail a test in logic because photographs have been re-dated based entirely on the clothing worn by the subjects. Yes, the book is about "Ordinary Americans and F ...more
Absolutely awesome. Even though I do not know the meaning of all the vocabulary the author uses the describe all the features and details of the clothing shown in the images presented in this book, I have been able to gain much knowledge. This one is a must for any student of 19th century fashion and costume design. I want a copy in my personal collection and the library at my school.
Incredibly helpful for anyone trying to get a sense of Victorian clothing and the period. From children and infants to teens, single adults to couples, and dramatically garbed grannies, the photographs on these pages document sixty years of American fashion. A wonderful find.