Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bathing Dress

Arthur’s Illustrated Home Magazine, Vol. 13-14 1859
Pg. 49
Bathing Dress.
The material is common Scotch plaid, green and red, in alternate checks. It is cut short, in the bloomer fashion, which, though very convenient when half veiled in the snowy surf, ought to astonish the sharks themselves on dry land. But a bathing dress is only intended for convenience and the least idea of making it elegant would be preposterous. The dress is made with a loose skirt set into the old-fashioned tight yoke, and gathered around the waist with a plaid belt; it is cut short, leaving the feet and ankles free. Long bishop sleeves fastened around the wrist with a band, protect the arm. The pantalettes are made loose, and fashioned around the ankles with narrow bands. 

There is an the magazine.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Reached Perfection...

I like this description of the stages of life :)

Health and beauty, 1864
By Rexey Ann Caplin

Pg. 15
It only remains to offer a few remarks on the recognition of beauty in the different stages of life. The beauty of childhood is in its simplicity and helplessness, in the utter unconsciousness of everything but its own feelings and desires. In youth it is the budding graces that we admire; it is the springtime of life. Womanhood is the summer and full bloom of beauty. Middle age is the autumn, when the ripe and mellow fruit of life attains perfection. Nor is advanced life without its beauties; the icicles and snows of age have charms and glories peculiarly their own. Thus, from the cradle to the grave, the pure, the wise, the good, the well-developed, are always beautiful.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Red. White and Blue Socks - Poem

Leaves from the battlefield of Gettysburg: a series of letters from a field hospital; and national poems, 1864
By Emily Bliss Thacher Souder, Mrs. Edmund A. Souder

Pg. 93
Knitting for the Army.
Inscribed to a lady of Christ Church.

All honor to the noble dame,
            Of fourscore years and seven;
To loyal heart and willing hand,
            Let honor due be given.
While youth and health the needles ply,
            And knit the livelong day,
We look with loving pride on her
            Who soon must pass away,
Yet wearies not, in hour of need,
            When faithful sons for country bleed,
To guard their feet from winter’s cold,
            Thus comforting the soldier bold.
Six pairs of hose, her busy hands
            Have hastened to prepare;
A happy soldier must he be,
            Whose feet these good socks wear.
The colors of our country’s flag
            They also bring to view,
And heart and eye alike are cheered
            With the red, white and blue;
So soft and warm and smoothly knit,
            A soldier’s foot they well will fit;
Grateful must prove the favored one,
            When told whose hands the works has done.

Another charm the soft wool holds,--
            Let me the secret tell:
Three times, the loyal thirty-four
            Within the circle dwell.
A stitch for every silver star—
            Woe to the hand that seeks to mar
The flag that floats o’er land and sea,
            Emblem, my country dear, of thee!
Withered the arm of every foe
            That aims at thee a deadly blow;
Palsied the traitor’s serpent tongue,
            Poisoning the fountain whence he sprung!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Confederate Socks

I recently came across two references of Confederate socks with the Confederate flag knit into them. One is a contemporary source that I still need to check out its documentation/source. 

Memorial Record of Alabama: Herbert, H. A. Alabama in Federal politics. Cochran, J. The medical profession. Clark, T. H. Judicial history. Screws, W. W. Alabama journalism. Clark, T. H. Religious history 1979

Pg. 870 "A pair of fine socks with the Confederate flag knit into them came back to the regiment with a card attached, addressed. "To the gallant Randle."


With Porter in North Missouri: a chapter in the history of the war between ...By Joseph Aloysius Mudd 

Pg. 328 "Among other things, they found a pair of white yarn socks which I had made with a Confederate flag knitted into each sock. I was then about sixteen years old."

Now if I only new what they looked like...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Patriotic Socks

A while back there was a pair of socks on Antique's Roadshow, blue wool with the American flag at the top and the Confederate secession flag knit into the foot. This particular pair was dated to earlier in the war. In doing research on knitting socks for the soldiers I came across an article about a pair presented to President Lincoln in 1864. This story was reprinted in a number of papers.  I wonder how many of this type of sock design was knitted during the course of the war. What happened to this pair?  

Daily national Republican.(Washington DC), March 21, 1864, Second Edition, Image 2 (Library of Congress)

A PATIOTIC GIFT. (the misspelling is as in the paper)
            At the Presidential reception on Saturday, Major French presented to the President a pair of woollen socks, knit expressly for the President by Miss Addie Brockway, of Newburyport, Mass. On the bottom of each was knit the secession flag; and near the top the glorious stars and stripes of our Union, so that when worn by the President he will always have the flag of the rebellion under his feet. These socks were sent by the maker to Mrs. Wm. B. Todd, of this city, and at her request Major French presented them with a few appropriate remarks. They were most pleasantly and graciously received by the President.