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Date: 1870
  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Christopher Lordan, Esquire, asking for revision of a private letter made public

    This letter, written to Christopher L. Lordan, Esquire, was asking for a revision of a private letter which was distributed. The revision speaks highly of volunteers and how kind words from those in charge can increase the moral and work ethic of volunteers. It also states that leading by example is the best way to encourage volunteers and soldiers to work hard and do their best. Nightingale apologized for any inconvenience in editing the private letter and thanks the recipient for their atte…

  • Parks. Waterworks. History. 2 copy negs (1880 & 1870)

    Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

  • Old Detroit; German Veteran Musicians of Detroit, 1870.

    Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

  • Fire Dept. ; Buildings; Old. At Bates & Woodward

    Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

  • Fire Dept. ; Buildings; Old. At Bates & Woodward

    Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

  • Old Detroit; Misc. 1st Presbyterian church. (copy). - Site of J. L. Hudson Store.

    Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

  • Fire Dept. ; Buildings; Old. At Bates & Woodward

    Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

  • Wayne State University; Buildings; College of Education, Historical

    Circa 1870s. Washington School, Beaubien at Harriett (now Madison), home of Normal School from 1895 to 1914. Normal School called Washington Normal. This school was used by College of Education in early years.

  • Wayne State University; Buildings; College of Education, Historical

    Circa 1870s. Washington School, Beaubien at Harriett (now Madison), home of Normal School from 1895 to 1914. Normal School called Washington Normal.This school was used by College of Education in early years. Drawing

  • Crocheted Lace Change Purse

    Ivory lace crocheted change purse with two ribbon drawstrings. Circa 1870-1899.

  • Black Leather Baby Shoe

    High-top leather baby shoes, black in color, with leather soles and velvet laces. Circa 1870-1979.

  • Long Olive Green Wool Skirt

    Long olive green skirt, wool garbardine, trimmed with braid on side of skirt. Fitted waist with multiple stitching, large decorative buttons on front, small patch pockets, pieced in back with large pleats, and tucks just below hip level. Circa 1870-1899.

  • Two Piece Embroidered Dress

    Two piece dress consisting of long skirt and long sleeve top, navy blue in color. Skirt has sets of pleats, three each, around skirt, which are open on the bottom third with embroidered flower where loose pleats begin, hook and eye closure in back. Top is lined and features boning, also has floral embroidery around neckline and on shoulders, at cuffs, and creates a V-neck look on back. Embroidered dicky style insert with high neck, and hook and eye closure at back of neck. Top also features …

  • Girl's Dress and Jacket, about 1870

    A nice special occasion dress, worn with a blousewaist. The use of magenta and black together suggests a circa 1870 fabric - a popular aniline dye combination at the time. Also, the zouave-style jacket was popular in 1860s. The red and black silk "shag" trim on the jacket is interesting but is not a great match for rest of the piece. Overall, this girl's outfit has the feel of the bustle and puff style popular in women's dresses of the 1870s.

  • Women's Shoes, about 1875

    These are interesting shoes; likely a transitional shoes style popular just after the Civil War. They are machine sewn, but retain the straight soles that fall from favor shortly after the war. These are inexpensive, sturdy women's shoes worn by the ordinary housekeeper.

  • Child's Smock, 1870-1890

    According to the source of purchase, this simple but stylish young girl's dress belonged to a family in Yonkers, New York. It is c. 1880, but entirely handsewn. In particular, the ruffles at the neck are beautifully done.

  • Girl's Plaid cotton Smock or Apron, 1870-1890

    Blue and white plaid cotton smock/apron. Simple one-piece construction with very large armholes and sleeves to fit over other clothing. Broad, rounded, Buster Brown-style collar. Three-button closure at upper back and buttoned self-fabric half-belt across lower back; back otherwise open. Sleeves and upper back gathered at yoke. Many stained and bleached areas on front. Machine stitched. According to the source of purchase, this young girl's smock belonged to the Linsley Simpson family of Northfo…

  • Girl's Dress, 1870-1880

    This dress is notable as a homemade attempt at fashion: the colors are typical of the period, but the styling a bit naive. The piecing of the lining material is quite resourceful. The length indicates that it would have been used by a girl.

  • Girl's Dress, about 1870

    This type of dress was very popular for railroad travel after the Civil War, and was probably worn in the summertime. One wonders if it functioned as a duster; however, it appears to be fairly close-fitting.

  • Alexis the runaway: or, Afloat in the world

    1870 edition of "Alexis the runaway: or, Afloat in the world" by Rosa Abbott Parker.