Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bonnets, "red white red"

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper [NY, NY] Saturday, May 18, 1861
War News from the South
From the Richmond Whig.

            A HINT FOR OUR LADIES—As intercourse with the North has been cut off, and the milliners of Richmond are prevented from making their usual trip to the American Babylon in Quest of new styles, the ladies of our city will have to look elsewhere for the “Spring fashions” The Southern Confederacy of Atlanta, Ga., speaks of a novelty in ladies’ apparel, recently introduced in that city. It says:
            “We were pleased to observe yesterday, promenading on Whitehall street, four beautiful young ladies from our neighboring suburban village, wearing Quakers beautifully trimmed with the Confederate flag, thus—the crown was covered with solid blue, studded with eight bright stars, and the skirt was alternately white and red. The whole was a complete counterpart of our country’s flag. From the modest [m?] grace and beauty of the wearers, we predict ‘four’ more stars will be captured, ere long, by some of our brave soldier boys. Mrs. Boring Mrs. Durand must look sharp for their laurels, or Decatur will secure the paten right of the new style of Quaker. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer [PA] September 18, 1862
Rather Downcast.
            The sympathizers with Secesh, who have been jubilant of late, and some of whom have uttered threats of what they intended to do with Union neighbors, are to-day rather downcast. One can walk the Avenue, from the Capitol to Georgetown, without hearing any one whistle “Maryland, my Maryland,” and the ladies who have sported “red, white and red” rosettes in their bonnets have taken them out or they remain at home.

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