Fashion Artifacts

Could This Silk Vest Have Prevented the First World War?

It was the shot that rang around the world. On 28 June 1914, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a gun at Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and…

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Archaeologists Discover World's Oldest Pants, Worn 3,300 Years Ago

The excavated remains of two trouser-clad men from the primeval Yanghai tombs in western China suggests that ancient nomadic herders put their pants on just like the rest of us: one leg…

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Renaissance Women Removed Body Hair With Lotions of Arsenic, Cat Dung

Photo by Shutterstock Ever think of putting cat poop, arsenic or vinegar on your skin to get rid of pesky body hair? Women in the Renaissance didn’t have our modern waxes, razors and…

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Archaeologists Find 200-Year-Old Douche Under New York City Hall

Archaeologists digging around New York’s City Hall have uncovered a unique piece of feminine history- a douche contraption dating from the 19th century. The oblong tube, made from…

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Skinny Jeans Nearly Ruined America's Currency System

Photo by Shutterstock Dollar bills pass through our hands all the time, but we rarely stop to think about where the money comes from. In the late 1800s, when a single currency system…

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The Happy Accident That Resulted in Doctor Who's Iconic Striped Scarf

If it wasn’t for a case of crossed wires, one of Doctor Who’s most iconic accoutrements might never have been. We’re talking, of course, about the Fourth…

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"Necropants," Made From a Dead Man's Skin, Were All the Rage in 17th Century Iceland

Strandagaldur, The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft is home to what is possibly the world’s only intact pair of “necropants.” The fact that it’s a…

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Prince George Baptized in Replica of 172-Year-Old Christening Gown

Even the future King of England can’t avoid hand-me-downs. Per royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn was baptized Wednesday afternoon in a replica…

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Ancient Egyptians Made Iron Jewelry From Pieces of Meteorite

Researchers at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London have found that a collection of ancient jewelry is out of this world. The 5,000-year-old Egyptian…

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U.S. Postal Service's Forever Stamps Honor America’s Industrial Workers

The U.S. Postal Service salutes America’s industrial-era workers in a new series of Forever stamps. Unveiled Thursday, the 12-piece Made in America: Building a Nation collection…

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Photo by Shutterstock America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement…

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Vintage X-Rays Reveal Shocking Extent of Corset-Imposed Body Deformation

Back in 1908, Dr. Ludovic O’Followell started a minor opposition against a piece of clothing that virtually every woman in every class level wore: the corset. In his diatribe, aptly…

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Sentimental Value: New Exhibit Explores the Stories Behind Used Clothing

Photo by Shutterstock Do you care about connecting with your clothing or would you rather wear it without a second thought?  Most people would say the latter. In fact, when it comes to…

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7 Photos That Changed Child-Labor Laws in America Forever

“Jewel and Harold Walker, 6 and 5 years old, pick 20 to 25 pounds of cotton a day” in Comanche County, Okla., 1916. HISTORY IN PICTURES For nearly two decades, Hine traveled…

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"Downton Abbey Effect" Sees Uptick in Sales of U.K.-Made Lucile Lingerie

DOWNTON EFFECT Unlike the fictional Crawleys, Lucile is part of British history. Founded by Belle Epoque “It” girl Lady Lucy Duff Gordon over a decade before the doomed…

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Vintage Pendleton Pamphlet Explains Meaning Behind Native American Symbols

Native American textiles aren’t just a bunch of pretty pictures pieced together. Their colors, patterns, and even weave variations are replete with historical meaning and cultural…

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Edwardian Street-Style Photographer Captures 1900s Fashion Scene

1900s “BLOGGER” Photography gave Sambourne the ability to use friends, family members, and professional models as references for his cartoons, according to the Library Time…

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Medieval "Lingerie" From 15th Century Castle Stuns Fashion Historians

Archaeologists have unearthed several 600-year-old bras that experts say could rewrite fashion history. While they’ll hardly send pulses racing by today’s standards, the…

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