[LMB] OT: Why, oh why do woman mystery story writers seem to be obsessed with clothes???
ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Fri Dec 6 03:21:29 GMT 2019
In Victorian times there was a huge trade in used clothing---wealthy people
would give even slightly-worn-looking clothes to their servants, and
selling garments that they didn't want themselves was part of their
perquisites. Laundering was a huge industry in London and other industrial
cities, thanks to the prevalence of coal smoke, and stealing clothes from
clotheslines was a recognized criminal specialty.
On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 9:08 PM Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> > On Dec 5, 2019, at 8:02 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> > I remember being in Nepal, and a local asking (referring to a French
> > couple in tiny shorts and skimpy vests) "Are they very poor?”
> For much of history, clothing was more dear than servants and even slaves.
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