Everyday Life & Women in America, 1800-1920
Showcases unique primary source material for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history in the 19th and early 20th centuries. See especially "Town Topics" a news and gossip newspaper published in New York City from 1897-1923
The periodical, The Queen of Fashion carries a double page highly illustrated spread on the latest fashion patterns. The pressures of an ‘ideal’ female form and figure were just as prevalent during this period as the book Beauty; illustrated chiefly by an analysis and classification of Beauty in a Woman (1848) demonstrates with chapter headings ‘The Greek Ideal of Beauty’, ‘The Ideal of Female Beauty’ and ‘Defects of Beauty’. Creating this ideal form was something the advertisers could promise, as seen in the advertising pamphlet, Your Daughter's Corset which informs mothers to ‘chose with care the corset your daughter wears, for unless her body is permitted to continue to develop along natural lines she may lose that to which every girl is entitled, a sound body.’ Other relevant titles in this collection include My lady beautiful, or The perfection of womanhood (1908) and The arts of beauty, or Studies in grace, health and good looks (1896).