Clothes for Work

The costume collection at the Manchester Art Gallery has some nice mini online exhibitions, including one on work clothes through the ages. The overall worn by a worker in a jam factory in 1900 looks amazingly elegant:
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And maids were equally well turned out:
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As were poachers in 1840:
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Most appealing is the country woman’s red cloak from 1800 – the hood, we are told, was used to carry shopping:
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Talking of cloaks, this site has an exhaustive history of the cloak, and drawings to help you distinguish between the cape, mantelet, pelisse, paletot and pardessus. All essential knowledge for the cloak wearer.