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Scarred cheek German man. CDV. Private Collection.

Scarred cheek German man. CDV. Private Collection.

3-inch high, stiff, detachable, "lap-front" or "poke" upright Victorian style collar.

3-inch high, stiff, detachable, "lap-front" or "poke" upright Victorian style collar.

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a frowning gentleman with a seemingly over-sized top hat and bowtie], Addison Fish via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of a frowning gentleman with a seemingly over-sized top hat and bowtie], Addison Fish via Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

Old-fashioned boiled starch is still the best way to give fabric a stiff, crisp texture.  It's good for Civil War petticoats, Victorian shirt collars and cuffs, or anyplace you need extra starch. Today it can even be made at home in the microwave quickly and cheaply.You can purchase commercial powdered laundry starch such as Argo brand, but it's...

How to Make Homemade Boiled Starch

Old-fashioned boiled starch is still the best way to give fabric a stiff, crisp texture. It's good for Civil War petticoats, Victorian shirt collars and cuffs, or anyplace you need extra starch. Today it can even be made at home in the microwave quickly and cheaply.You can purchase commercial powdered laundry starch such as Argo brand, but it's...

1840s children's fashions "Most sixteen year old wore gowns to the ankles, a fourteen year old skirts to the calves, but a 12 year old wore skirts to just below the knee. Not even the youngest child escaped the wearing of a crinoline supported skirt. By the 1840s those skirts were true crinoline style. They were pushed out with stiff starched petticoats and horsehair crin fabric petticoats in layers"

1840s children's fashions "Most sixteen year old wore gowns to the ankles, a fourteen year old skirts to the calves, but a 12 year old wore skirts to just below the knee. Not even the youngest child escaped the wearing of a crinoline supported skirt. By the 1840s those skirts were true crinoline style. They were pushed out with stiff starched petticoats and horsehair crin fabric petticoats in layers"

Victorian gentleman wearing a very high, stiff, upright collar, typical of the late 1890s.

Victorian gentleman wearing a very high, stiff, upright collar, typical of the late 1890s.

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