I regularly read the London Daily Mail online. The newspaper often publishes fun articles on interesting historical subjects. Two recent articles I found fascinating involve women's fashion and fashion advice from the 17th and 19th centuries. One article details the discovery of a well preserved issue of a women's fashion magazine from the 1850s. The magazine was quite popular and existed until the late 1880s.


The second article is about a women's advice book from the 17th century. Topics covered include diet, fashion, make-up and homemade remedies for sagging skin involving goose grease and other questionable ingredients.


It's interesting to see the difference between the two advice manuals and how similar they are to our modern magazines. In 300 years little has changed except the length of our dresses and the ingredients in our anti-wrinkle creams. So lather yourself up with some goose grease, pull on your bonnet and enjoy a little trip through time.

1 comment:

Anny Cook said...

How lovely. I so enjoy poring over stuff from the past. I don't write historicals but I do regularly traipse through the archives as I'm a genealogist. You can't get very far without a working knowledge of history. Thank you for sharing this.