"It is not ..." Quote of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
It is not in our drawing-rooms that we should look to judge of the intrinsic worth of any style of dress. The street-car is a truer crucible of its inherent value.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. author. What to Wear? Ch. 1 (1873). Reacting to the elaborate, expensive, clumsy, and easily- soiled dresses that women of the time often wore, even when riding the streetcar.

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