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Bloomers and middy blouses were the unofficial uniforms of the farmerettes of the WW1

Photographer Brown Bros. New York,

1918 Cabbages and Queens
Women wearing bloomers, working in a vegetable garden.

Farmerettes of 1918, 100 years after birth of Mrs. Bloomer. In the early Victorian era, the American, Mrs. Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894), caused quite a stir when she wrote an article for her feminist publication ‘The Lily’. She tried to promote the idea of women abandoning their petticoats for a bi-furcated garment later known as the bloomer fashion. She suggested that woman would find trousers, like those worn by Turkish women, easier to wear than their voluminous heavy skirts.

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1 Cardiwrap { 10.20.10 at 12:24 pm }

Interesting post regarding WW1 female uniforms. Incorporating a woven blouses with trousers instead of heavy skirts aided in staying comfortable. Thanks for posting this.