An apron that ties around the waist.

Apron

An apron that ties around the waist.

Mother dressing her baby

Baby being dressed

Mother dressing her baby

"We have before us quite a strange ooking personage as to dress. The boy evidently has on him his father's or his grandfather's clothing. Whatever he may think of his own dignity, the public who see him showing off himself in this manner are either amused or disgusted with his appearance. The fact is, he has got on cloths which do not belong to him; they are borrowed for the occasion. His body is too small to have them fit him: he is like the daw in the back ground with its borrowed feathers. A man appears better in his own clothes, made for his wear, even if they are thread-bare, than those of another, even if they are more fashionable than his own. Every man has a way of his own for doing business, and this for him is the best way."—Barber, 1857

Borrowed Garments Never Fit Well

"We have before us quite a strange ooking personage as to dress. The boy evidently has on him his father's…

A mother dressing her son.

Boy

A mother dressing her son.

What a Cavalier wore.

Cavalier

What a Cavalier wore.

"Chief of the Clan MacDonell." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Chief

"Chief of the Clan MacDonell." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

An average civilians attire circa 1375.

Civilian

An average civilians attire circa 1375.

"The following cut will show specimens of ancient clasps." — Anthon, 1891

Ancient clasps

"The following cut will show specimens of ancient clasps." — Anthon, 1891

This tool allowed easy tailoring of clothes; featuring an adjustable arm to fit garment lengths.

Frame, Clothes

This tool allowed easy tailoring of clothes; featuring an adjustable arm to fit garment lengths.

An illustration of a military outfit in a box.

Clothes in Box

An illustration of a military outfit in a box.

An illustration of pants, vest, shirts, and socks hanging on a clothesline.

Clothes on Clothesline

An illustration of pants, vest, shirts, and socks hanging on a clothesline.

This clothes wringer is a mechanical laundry aid consisting of two rollers connected by cogs, powered by hand crank. Originally wringers were used to wring water from wet laundry, today they are used to press or flatten sheets, tablecloths, and other laundry.

The Laundry Aided Clothes Wringer

This clothes wringer is a mechanical laundry aid consisting of two rollers connected by cogs, powered…

An illustration of clothes hanging on a clothes line with shoe sand gloves resting beneath.

Hanging Clothes

An illustration of clothes hanging on a clothes line with shoe sand gloves resting beneath.

Manufacturing and sale of clothing.

Clothing

Manufacturing and sale of clothing.

In the days of Doublet and Hose.

Costume

In the days of Doublet and Hose.

Part of a sleeve.

Cuff

Part of a sleeve.

Dogs getting clothes

Dogs

Dogs getting clothes

What a Dutch person wore.

Dutch

What a Dutch person wore.

What a man during the French Revolution wore.

French Revolutionary

What a man during the French Revolution wore.

What a man during reign under the Georges wore.

Georges

What a man during reign under the Georges wore.

This is a clothes hook, a stationary mechanical implement were clothes are hung from.

Clothes Hook

This is a clothes hook, a stationary mechanical implement were clothes are hung from.

"A device for making flutes in a fabric or article of dress, as a ruffle." -Whitney, 1911

Fluting Iron

"A device for making flutes in a fabric or article of dress, as a ruffle." -Whitney, 1911

"The modern system of cotton manufacture dates no further back than back 1760. Prior the mechanical inventions of Hargeaves, Arkwright, Crompton and Cartwright, the arts of spinning and weaving were entirely domestic, and the instruments of manipulation much the same as those which had been in use in the East for centuries before." -Lupton

The Spinning Jenny

"The modern system of cotton manufacture dates no further back than back 1760. Prior the mechanical…

Two girls doing laundry.

Laundry

Two girls doing laundry.

This is an illustration of an early style washing machine.

Washing Machine

This is an illustration of an early style washing machine.

A man from the 1700's.

Man

A man from the 1700's.

An illustration of a man in ragged clothes.

Man in Ragged Clothes

An illustration of a man in ragged clothes.

An illustration of a man in German dress.

German Man

An illustration of a man in German dress.

"Piper of the Clan Gregarach." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Piper

"Piper of the Clan Gregarach." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

What a Puritan wore.

Puritan

What a Puritan wore.

What a man during Queen Anne's reign wore.

Queen Anne's Reign

What a man during Queen Anne's reign wore.

The king said that Reynard the fox and his family never did anything good. Reynard is reminding him how his father, a scholar, helped Lion's father when he was sick.

Reynard the Fox: Reynard's Father

The king said that Reynard the fox and his family never did anything good. Reynard is reminding him…

What a Roundhead wore.

Roundhead

What a Roundhead wore.

"A scissors-shaped implement for fluting or crimping linen, etc. It has small cylindrical fingers, one of which is hollow to hold a heated iron. When the scissors are closed, this heated finger forces the cloth between the two other fingers, thus forming a flute." -Whitney, 1911

Fluting Scissors

"A scissors-shaped implement for fluting or crimping linen, etc. It has small cylindrical fingers, one…

"The Tineina contain the smallest of the Lepidoptera, and are best known as clothes moths. These clothe themselves at our expense in the warmest woollen garments, which they traverse in all directions, leaving behind a gnawed and worn-out path, so thin and bare as to yield to the slightest pressure. They also destroy furs, hair, feathers, and many other articles of domestic economy, and are the exterminating pests of zoological museums. To them we no doubt owe the destruction of the most perfect specimen of the Dodo known, which was once preserved in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford." — Encyclopedia Britanica; 1893

Tineina

"The Tineina contain the smallest of the Lepidoptera, and are best known as clothes moths. These clothe…

"The Tineina contain the smallest of the Lepidoptera, and are best known as clothes moths. These clothe themselves at our expense in the warmest woollen garments, which they traverse in all directions, leaving behind a gnawed and worn-out path, so thin and bare as to yield to the slightest pressure. They also destroy furs, hair, feathers, and many other articles of domestic economy, and are the exterminating pests of zoological museums. To them we no doubt owe the destruction of the most perfect specimen of the Dodo known, which was once preserved in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford." — Encyclopedia Britanica; 1893

Tineina

"The Tineina contain the smallest of the Lepidoptera, and are best known as clothes moths. These clothe…

"The Tineina contain the smallest of the Lepidoptera, and are best known as clothes moths. These clothe themselves at our expense in the warmest woollen garments, which they traverse in all directions, leaving behind a gnawed and worn-out path, so thin and bare as to yield to the slightest pressure. They also destroy furs, hair, feathers, and many other articles of domestic economy, and are the exterminating pests of zoological museums. To them we no doubt owe the destruction of the most perfect specimen of the Dodo known, which was once preserved in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford." — Encyclopedia Britanica; 1893

Tineina

"The Tineina contain the smallest of the Lepidoptera, and are best known as clothes moths. These clothe…

"The effect of vertical movement in lengthening the effect." —Kinne, 1920

Vertical effect

"The effect of vertical movement in lengthening the effect." —Kinne, 1920

This early model washing machine was used to washing individual garments.

Machine, Washing

This early model washing machine was used to washing individual garments.

An illustration of a woman in an ornate dress.

Woman in Ornate Dress

An illustration of a woman in an ornate dress.

An illustration of a woman scrubbing clothes on a washboard.

Woman Washing Clothes on Washboard

An illustration of a woman scrubbing clothes on a washboard.