Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Hellcat

mary lincoln 1861

I stumbled upon a great account of Mary Lincoln this morning, and the images above [NYTimes via Library of Congress]. I want to do a project on body corsages and love how her corsage drips down the bodice of her gown...apparently Mary was quite a pip.

5 comments:

Shelley said...

I wonder who the florist was? imagine florists during the Civil War.

Anonymous said...

THat is the serious coolness

D said...

Just googled "body corsage" and was hit with malware at first click. Totally worth it.

Nina said...

In Scandinavia there was a tradition of body corsage early last century, when people graduated.
Here is a link to a famous finnish author called L. Onerva, on the third image you can see her graduation and her body corsage:
http://nimikot.nettisivut.fi/jasenseurat/l_onervan_seura_ry/

jezebel said...

I just teared up at thought of a body corsage.