Rules for Ladies’ Trains: 1868

Mrs Daffodil Digresses

A bride in Washington lately introduced the style of having her train borne by three pages. An exchange says if this fashion should spread, courting a young lady would be like reading a novel. She would never grow interesting until you had turned over several pages. Cincinnati Enquirer 15 Dec 1868: 2.



May, 1868.

Rule 1. No train, after this date, will be made up of a greater length than the height of the propelling power.

Rule 2. In coming down heavy grades (church steps, for instance), first-class trains will move as rapidly as safety will allow, but all accommodating trains will proceed slowly and stop frequently to allow people to step on the trains. Caution, however, is necessary in starting up whilst people are so engaged, to prevent accidents.

Rule 3. All trains to be held up at crossings. All empty “flats” standing on…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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