This is a copy of “The Ladies Tailor, April 1, 1894” Published by The John Williamson Co Ltd and edited WDF Vincent a prolific and well respected tailoring author of his time. I have digitized this from an original in my private collection, to share with the world. Please note that four centre pages are…

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Shorts or “short trousers” may not be the first garment that comes to mind at the mention of Victorian or Edwardian clothing, but contrary to what some may believe they were in common use by men in the last decade of the 19th century for various sports such as football, rugby and rowing. Before that…

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They certainly do. And they bit in the past, just as much as they bite now. Luckily, I live in Vancouver where you’ll only get the occasional mosquito and not much more. In contrast to the Caribou region of British Columbia, where you may end up with your own personal cloud of insects prepared to…

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Top hat made by Christys London and sold by Clubb & Stewart, Klondike Outfitters of Vancouver, BC. Dates to the late 1890s. Clubb & Stewart top hat. Clubb & Stewart top hat. Exterior of Clubb and Stewart Klondike Outfitters Exterior of Clubb and Stewart Klondike Outfitters Interior of Clubb and Stewart Klondike Outfitters Dec. 31, 1897 ad…

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In my reproduction of nineteenth-century clothing for daily wear and reenactment, I set out to replicate a snowshoe costume as a wearable example of authentic Canadian fashion in the Victorian period. These were often worn by members of snowshoeing clubs and consisted of a blanket coat tied with a long sash, with a wool toque,…

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I was recently looking though the online William Notman collection of photos. I came across two photos showing unusual waistcoats. Both photos are from Montreal, Canada in 1868-69. J. Notman, Montreal, QC, 1868-69 William Webb, Montreal, QC, 1868-69 I recognized the material of the waistcoats as a very distinctive fur called astrakhan. While astrakhan waistcoats…

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