Clothing & Etiquette

Forks in America

This is Not to be Read by Small Children! When it came to defining new liberties after the Revolution, Americans were ready to put their politics where their mouths were. Laura Thatcher Ulrich notes in her book, The Age of Homespun, page 301: The late introduction of table forks added…

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Why Linen, Not Cotton?

When describing our 18th century garb to contemporary audiences, we tell them that common clothing would have been made of linen or wool rather than cotton, because cotton was expensive. To gain some sense of the difference, consider this. At the time of the Revolution, the fiber hairs of cotton…

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