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A man using a sewing machine?! Yes in Tunisia and other nations, Singer Corporation found that men used their sewing machines often. What they wore was viewed as exotic, but it influenced American designs.

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Swiss traditional fashion was not available to Emma Jane Arnold except, perhaps, as a pattern. This 1894 trade card was distributed by Singer and may have influenced American fashion designers of the time. See comments below for an explanation of "Vaud."

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Mary Anderson models the latest in subtle color and advertising (though we doubt she would ever wear a hat with this inscription). Born in 1859, we found no evidence this actress ever used "Eclectric Oil." This was a quack cure-all. See the comment below for all the ailments it was supposed to cure.

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Fetching outfits are just right for a summer's outing while the family dog gets some exercise. Produced by Gies & Co. of Buffalo, NY, this card bears no merchant's imprint. Exclusive to this Collection.

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Elegant casual Some folks make everything they wear elegant, even "casual" attire! Lillie Langtry was one of those prominent people. See https://goo.gl/hpNYnV for the original.

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Disembarking from her coach, we hope this young lady will soon find a welcoming hearth to warm her! This enlargement is from a Lion Coffee card featured in https://goo.gl/stJqCS the Arnold's Lions Collection.

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The caption on this trade card was Our Idol. Who was this? Who idolized her? Evidently she suffered the same fate as the rest of us, idolized one day and forgotten the next! In her day of prominence, she dressed well. This trade card was blank on the back and without the mark of any advertiser. It did have a note that claimed it was copyrighted, but didn't reveal who held the copyright. Due to its age, it no longer matters. It is now in the public domain.

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Nice design, but too much blue for many, this formal wear graced the back of a trade card advertising...you guessed it..."Spanish Bluing." Click https://goo.gl/BGQK28 then scroll down.

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A Wedding Party takes center stage on this Arnold Galleries https://goo.gl/pFZ6je selection first distributed by the "Liliputian Bazaar" in the late 1800s.

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Checking on the audience The performers can't resist. Has anyone come to see the show? Hope it's a good crowd! For the best in Victorian fashion, check out the Arnold Galleries https://goo.gl/CbndAi

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