Tuesday, July 07, 2009 at 11:09 AM
It may come as no surprise to the book nerds out there (you know who you are), but the annals of written history are full of visual gems.
When you come across something amazing in a public domain title scanned via our library project, you can simply snag the chunk of text or image using our Share this Clip feature in Google Books (). Then, simply take the Embed HTML code and copy and paste it in to your site or blog to add it.
Today, on the birthday of fashion designer Pierre Cardin, I was thinking about the shifting trends of fashion and their depiction in print media. Exquisite (and often hilarious) public domain materials from the early days of American fashion magazines can be found within the archives of Google Books. This includes complete issues of Harper's Magazine and The Delineator, one of the premier women's fashion magazine at the turn of the century.
I used the Share this Clip feature to pull together this small collection of 19th and early 20th century fashion writing. Simply click any image to view the original book source!
[Please note, some content may not be available in full view to users outside of the United States.]
Fashion in Deformity by William Henry Flower
Etiquette in society, in Business, in Politics and at Home by Emily Post
School Sewing Based on Home Problems by Ida Robinson Burton