Fashion has always been a tricky business, fraught with implications and pitfalls.  In the nineteenth century it was codified by class and occupation. A glance back at the clothing and caps worn by members of the building trades demonstrates this. Men’s caps and hats were particularly indicative of status. Those who aspired to participate in fashionable society had to be wealthy enough to afford multiple suits of clothing for wear at different times of day and on special occasions...

Figure 46.
Sign of the
Golden Stock
Figure 47.
Gentleman's
Quarterly Magazine
Figure 48.
Zip Coon. A famous
Comic Song
 

Figure 49.
Clay's Back
to Back

Figure 50.
Broadway Promenaders
 

 

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