Author: Shannon Murphy

Photograph, “Mrs. Peter Cooper Hewitt in Masqurade Costume”, ca. 1885
She Wore Spurs of Steel
It’s hard to say which looks more lethal, her sword or her high-heeled shoes? Miss Lucy Work (1861-1934), the soon to be Mrs. Peter Cooper Hewitt, is seen here as Joan of Arc. The elaborate costume was said to have cost $1,500.[1] During the Gilded Age, women frequently wore costumes for fancy dress balls and...
wallpaper with repeating pattern of woman's face
Before Betty and Veronica, There Was the Gibson Girl
One simply cannot ignore her sultry eyes, knowing smile and beauty. Bachelor’s Wall Paper features the charming Gibson Girl, the fictional New Woman illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson at the turn of the nineteenth century. The Gibson Girl was America’s first commercial female icon. She was the idyllic American woman: full of grace and class,...