Walt, 19th Century Fashion and the Suffrage Movement

The seventeenth national suffrage convention was held in Washington DC on January 20 – 22, 1885.  Susan B. Anthony, in her book History of Women Suffrage, notes “the custom of the newspaper reporters to give a detailed description of each one of the speakers.  The public was informed, one lady wore a small bonnet made of gaudy-colored birds’ wings; one spoke with a pretty lisp, was attired in a box-pleated satin skirt, velvet newbasque polonaise, hollyhock corsage bouquet; a large lady worea green cashmere dress with pink ribbons in her hair.  These extracts are taken verbatim from the best newspapers of the day.”

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