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19th Century clothing

Corset The corsets mid-19th century women wore weren’t necessarily as uncomfortable as they might seem. Contrary to popular misconception, corsets did not inhibit breathing, singing, movement, digestion, or bending; nor did they re-arrange

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cast ironWash day was a consuming task in frontier days when the only machines were a woman’s hands and arms, and washtubs were filled with hand-drawn buckets of well water instead of flowing through a network of pipes. White laundry

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Because of poor transportation and scarcity of markets pioneer families were often isolated, and life centered on the home where the arts of husbandry and domestic crafts reached a high degree of development in the 1840s—and most of the domestic

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 In the early 1850s Amelia Jenks Bloomer introduced trousers to women, garnering much ridicule and limited acceptance. The design wasn’t hers.  Amelia was an early campaigner for women’s rights and the temperance movement,

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The corsets mid-19th century women wore weren’t necessarily as uncomfortable as they might seem. Contrary to popular misconception, corsets did not inhibit breathing, singing, movement, digestion, or bending; nor did they rearrange

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