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History blog talks 18th century wedding attire

August 30, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
I've never been terribly interested in dates or political movements when I study history, but the stories of how people lived fascinate me.

That's probably why I like sites like Two Nerdy History Girls. Loretta Chase and Isabella Bradford, both apparently historical romance writers, have dug up fascinating details about the 18th and 19th centuries.

Looking for information about what an 18th century man might have worn to his wedding, Bradford stumbled upon an account of a villainous noble who killed an employee and was hanged for it. The court record notes that the man wore a white suit, richly embroidered with silver, to his hanging because he wanted to die in the same suit he was married in.

Chase found a color described as "ramona" in an old fashion magazine from the 19th century and couldn't figure out what shade it might describe. After much research, she found that it describes a shade of brown that is nearly black.

Scroll further down in the blog and you find descriptions of long forgotten elopements and the attire that a maid might have worn in a colonial kitchen. This is also the sort of thing that I love covering during the Fur Traders Rendezvous every year at the North Dakota State Fair.

Anyone with an interest in social history might want to check out the blog at (


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