The winter finally knocked on our doors, so we started to plan our winter outfits. With the speed of light we pulled the warmest sweaters out of the closet, softest scarves, hats (some of us and fur caps!), winter boots and gloves.
WWI African American soldiers, c. 1916-1917. Probably the 'Harlem Hellfighters'. ~ I've never understood why black soldiers fought in the First World War but were relegated to a minor role in World War Two. They served in WWII but mostly as support and artillery not front line or paratroops.
US Enlisted Man's Dress Hat, Familiarly Known as the "Hardee" Hat, this Scarce Piece of US Enlisted Regulation Headgear Was Worn by Many Units During the Civil War and Made Famous by The "Black Hats" of the Renowned Iron Brigade.
This was a card given to men to advertise houses of prostitution. When men came into town, they were sneakingly given these kinds of cards at the train station up until the 1930s or so.All cities had houses of prostitution,the women were called "Soiled Doves" in the Victorian era.It was considered "normal" to have these brothels, they paid taxes etc. During the Civil War there was such a huge epidemic of venereal disease that in 1 town the army quarantined the women on a river boat. Biddy…