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    For the 1865 part, nothing, the locals have even...

    For the 1865 part, nothing, the locals have even less. This is after a very hard snowy winter and in the fall was "the burning". Which brings us to the little known First Battle of Waynesboro, that...
  2. I had written a reply that described period dyes...

    I had written a reply that described period dyes and Confederate leather goods but then I read on to see if there were any other follow up questions. After seeing the comments posted by the junior...
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    Smocks are in my mind a bit questionable for use....

    Smocks are in my mind a bit questionable for use. I can't find any American illustrations of their use, plenty of British and well later at that but here in the US they seemed to have fallen out of...
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    https://archive.org/stream/FarmLifeInCentralOhioSi...

    https://archive.org/stream/FarmLifeInCentralOhioSixtyYearsAgo#page/n53/mode/2up
    A book on Ohio farming from the 1890s so the Sixty Years Ago in the title makes it 1830s. Being Ohio as the location...
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    I think you missed my point, a young man in 1820...

    I think you missed my point, a young man in 1820 would be dressed like an old man in 1860. So in paintings dating after the period you want to portray you need to look at the older men. In paintings...
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    What is on his head?

    Bandanna or cap?
    http://www.ownapainting.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WilliamTyleeRanney-OntheWing.jpg
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    Another hint, and why I ask people their age, is...

    Another hint, and why I ask people their age, is that older men are in older fashions. A young man in the 1830s and an older man in the 60s could have a common look. This all gets altered by...
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    Look at paintings by William Sidney Mount, George...

    Look at paintings by William Sidney Mount, George Caleb Bingham, and Thomas Waterman Wood. In that order by the way. (Wood did paint propaganda so ignore his military subjects.) Your shirt will be...
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    What time period? A year or decade would help. If...

    What time period? A year or decade would help. If "old timey" then it is more like doing a Halloween costume and I can give you suggestions for what to look for in a thrift store. Place makes a bit...
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    Depends on where you are and how prosperous. Time...

    Depends on where you are and how prosperous. Time period you are doing and are you a hired hand or a family member. There is no generic look if you want to be right. If you want to go for a simple,...
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    Seriously? The longevity based on a 1946 movie? I...

    Seriously? The longevity based on a 1946 movie? I grew up using it and I think I might be younger than Bill Cross. There are a lot of expressions used by people that know more words than f**k and...
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    I thought it was interesting that it is sam hill...

    I thought it was interesting that it is sam hill not Sam Hill.
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    Yes, that was a period expression

    In a now deleted post there was a misspelled version of an expression that I meant to look up at the time out of idle curiosity. While the original poster may have just fat fingered it and had meant...
  14. When I started re-enacting there were anti-war...

    When I started re-enacting there were anti-war protesters at events. They really didn't have much support as the Vietnam war was pretty much over and the draft had been abolished so that kind of took...
  15. As many SCV members are also re-enactors this news item is of interest

    http://www.nbc12.com/story/29551125/supporters-protesters-gather-at-national-reunion-of-sons-of-confederate-veterans
  16. In Japan, re-enactors (or at least people dressed...

    In Japan, re-enactors (or at least people dressed as WWII soldiers) attend an annual event at a memorial. The old flag of Imperial Japan is on display, speeches made and it angers a lot of people....
  17. This is about the destruction of German monuments...

    This is about the destruction of German monuments during and after WWII, not just Nazi, any military monument was a target. The purpose was to change German society by doing away with any notion that...
  18. When the discussion is about current events it is...

    When the discussion is about current events it is kind of hard to "keep out of modern political references" .
  19. As far as I know teasel is just used in finishing...

    As far as I know teasel is just used in finishing by fullers not for carding of wool.
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    Sounds like the threads are sticking in a hole in...

    Sounds like the threads are sticking in a hole in the wood at the bottom. The ramrod was probably pushed down too hard making a hole, that or somebody turned it round and round and bore a hole in. It...
  21. The 1860 Census shows 7 pounds of silk cocoons,...

    The 1860 Census shows 7 pounds of silk cocoons, 19,431 pounds wool and 3,115 pounds of flax produced in Rockbridge County.
    40 pounds of silk cocoons here in Bedford County, no wonder we have...
  22. Lexington Virginia isn't exactly cotton country,...

    Lexington Virginia isn't exactly cotton country, more of wool kind of place. Teazle still grows in wastelands of Rockbridge County. But then again wool cards and cotton cards are the same thing...
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    Civilian Shawl Collar Vest

    Details are on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Store-Through-Time/259376440927656
    There are some civilian caps there as well but nothing that isn't on my web page, the vest is...
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    My Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Store-Through-Time/259376440927656
    Thought I would mention this.
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    http://www.ibtimes.com/confederate-flag-debate-us-...

    http://www.ibtimes.com/confederate-flag-debate-us-house-votes-ban-federal-cemeteries-1999458
    This bans the small flags that are placed on Confederate graves on Confederate Memorial Day. They were...
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