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Advert For M. Woolfe, General Clothiers

Advert For M. Woolfe, General Clothiers

Printer: Hill, G.

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1888

Shelfmark: Evan.8009

Item number: 8009

Genre: Leaflet

This is an advertisement for M. Woolfe's clothing store. In the 19th Century, the gay colourful clothes of the Georgian era slowly gave way to more sombre colours and more practical clothes like trousers and socks. The wealthy wore top hats, frock coats with colourful waistcoats. Plain, striped or chequered trousers slowly gave way to 3 piece suits made from the same material and colour. Shirts were white linen with starched stiff collars, worn with a cravat or bow tie. Gloves and a cane were essential accessories. Those that could not afford these fashions compromised wearing cotton shirts made with linen cuffs and collars and the working classes usually bought their clothing second hand from markets.

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