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A young Russian man in the national shirt decorated with traditional embroidery. Illustration, 1950 - 1960.

A young Russian man in the national shirt decorated with traditional embroidery. Illustration, 1950 - 1960.

Out of the thousands of fashion plates held by the department, the ones from the 1870s and 1880s never fail to astonish with their depictions of lustrous and abundant hairstyles. We’ve often…

Out of the thousands of fashion plates held by the department, the ones from the 1870s and 1880s never fail to astonish with their depictions of lustrous and abundant hairstyles. We’ve often…

CDV of Elderly Lady Wearing Lace Gloves | eBay

CDV of Elderly Lady Wearing Lace Gloves | eBay

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a elderly woman holding spectacles with a young girl who appears to be cross-eyed] via the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Cased Photographs Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a elderly woman holding spectacles with a young girl who appears to be cross-eyed] via the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Cased Photographs Collection

Henriette Delille, Foundress, Sisters of the Holy Family (1813-1862)c. 1850s This is the only known image of Henriette Delille, a free woman of color in antebellum New Orleans who founded an order of nuns that came to be known as the Sisters of the Holy Family. In Delille’s obituary she was called “a servant of slaves” because she and her contemporaries cared for elderly abandoned slave women and worked to minister to the city’s slave population. Courtesy Sisters of the Holy Family

Henriette Delille, Foundress, Sisters of the Holy Family (1813-1862)c. 1850s This is the only known image of Henriette Delille, a free woman of color in antebellum New Orleans who founded an order of nuns that came to be known as the Sisters of the Holy Family. In Delille’s obituary she was called “a servant of slaves” because she and her contemporaries cared for elderly abandoned slave women and worked to minister to the city’s slave population. Courtesy Sisters of the Holy Family

Elderly woman in mob cap and fichu crocheting ?stocking?, location unknown, 1850s?

Elderly woman in mob cap and fichu crocheting ?stocking?, location unknown, 1850s?

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ELDERLY-WOMAN-WHITE-HAIR-STRIKING-EYES-BROOCH-1-9-CASE-DAGUERREOTYPE-PHOTO-D195

Deep V neckline filled in with a sheer fichu. Looks like an 1850s style.

Deep V neckline filled in with a sheer fichu. Looks like an 1850s style.

unidentified couple from 1850, born not in the 19th century, but in the 1700s...

unidentified couple from 1850, born not in the 19th century, but in the 1700s...

Victorian courtship required the knowledge of an elaborate system which included the methods of flirtation with gloves. Fans were used in a similar way. Among other types of symbolic expression, the language of flowers was used to convey messages without words.

Victorian courtship required the knowledge of an elaborate system which included the methods of flirtation with gloves. Fans were used in a similar way. Among other types of symbolic expression, the language of flowers was used to convey messages without words.