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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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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