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October evening fashions, 1833 US, Godey’s Lady’s Book

October evening fashions, 1833 US, Godey’s Lady’s Book

July fashions, 1878 US, Frank Leslie’s Lady’s Magazine

July fashions, 1878 US, Frank Leslie’s Lady’s Magazine

May fashions, 1877 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

May fashions, 1877 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

April fashions, 1877 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

April fashions, 1877 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

March fashions, 1877 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

March fashions, 1877 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

Read this little bit by brsis about the function of so-called “parasol pockets”.  They’re obviously meant to carry something, seeing as they’re always found on walking and promenade dresses, but what?  Why are some of them so shallow?  We don’t get a clear impression of this from fashion plates and other primary sources, at least as far as I’m aware.

Does anybody have an answer?

November fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine
Parasol pockets and kitties!

November fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

Parasol pockets and kitties!

October fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine
Another parasol pocket!

October fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

Another parasol pocket!

June fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine
I know the girl probably isn’t supposed to be one of the main subjects here, but I’ve gotten quite a few questions about street children so I’ll tag her anyway.

June fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

I know the girl probably isn’t supposed to be one of the main subjects here, but I’ve gotten quite a few questions about street children so I’ll tag her anyway.

May promenade fashions with parasol pockets, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

May promenade fashions with parasol pockets, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

February fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

February fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine

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