A Flowering of Affection: Victorian Valentine Cards at the Lilly Library
1850's - 1860's
Sure such monstrosities as these appear, Can never last the fashion for a year, Such vast dimensions! Such a breadth of skirt! 'Tis all ones work to keep it from the dirt. And scarlet petticoats are all the rage, With dress suspended by a ladys page. While hoops and bones and such like things, Keep up the fabric working upon springs.