Fashion

The Hobble Garter

Not content with the harness and trappings of various descriptions with which the fashionable woman must needs burden herself in these foolish fashion days, there has now made its appearance in the fashionable shops that cater to the ultra – advanced fashion whims, what is known as the “hobble-garter.” The new contrivance follows closely on …

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Fashion

WWI Wednesday: War Crinoline

At the outbreak of the Great War, the slim, athletic silhouette created by hobble skirt, V-neck blouse, Directoire style, and long corset was the height of modernism. The simplicity of ladies’ fashions fit into the wartime fabric restrictions, but in 1915, fashion bucked the system to introduce the “war crinoline.” The war crinoline, as the …

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Amusements

Ping-Pong is a Craze

During the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, the convergence of time-saving technologies, increased prosperity, and the growing middle- and leisure-classes created a society ripe for a variety of fads. One of these fads was for ping-pong, or table tennis. Lawn tennis, the outdoor sport, rose in popularity in the 1870s and 1880s, and no doubt …

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