12746RE: [TheCostumersManifesto] need research help
- Aug 12, 2013Hi,
There is a page on the history of ironing boards
http://www.oldandinteresting.com/history-ironing-boards.aspx It looks
like the folding ironing board was not invented until the 1860s and would
likely not be in a home in 1863 since there was a war going on. There are
some images online of women using boards over chairs or balanced on tables
19th century ironing board/table images:
scroll down, late 19th century; mostly tables in use on this page
I know someone who does period clothing and he says there is nothing like
the long iron heated on coals to press open a wool seam.
There seem to be multiple images of 19th century dress forms online. You
may also want to check images for Victorian dressmakers. Does the museum
have account books for the original store so you can see what they had?
[mailto:TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Orphan Annie
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 3:12 PM
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] need research help
I need some help with research, PLEASE! This summer I've been volunteering
as a historical interpreter in the Ohio Village. I interpret the village
dressmaker ca. 1863. In an effort to set the village shop accurately (and
functionally) I've been trying to research what would be in that shop. Some
of the things that I need to find documentation on are: irons, dressforms,
and ironing boards. I know irons and dressforms were used, but what types,
what did they look like etc.? As for ironing boards, were they used, what
did they look like? Were they covered and/or padded, like we do today?
Anyone have any ideas on where/how to find this?
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