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|ISBN:||9781847886835 1847886833 9781847886828 1847886825|
|Description:||xiv, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||"The beauty of her hands" : the glove and the making of middle-class womanhood --
"The language of the fan" : pushing the boundaries of middle-class womanhood --
"Underneath the parasol" : umbrellas as symbols of imperialism, race, youth, flirtation, and masculinity --
"The real thing" : the celluloid vanity set and the search for authenticity.
In addition to explaining the history of how these objects were manufactured and sold, Beaujot offers interesting insights into middle class Victorian social customs, prejudices, hopes and fears.