Monday, February 07, 2011

From the London Foundlings Hospital

I won't get there to see—(will you?) but look at this lovely slide show.
It's fast, but you can pause and continue it easily--I did to copy the list, and read some of the details

And look at this list—things that came with the baby-- some I know, some are strange (a forehead cloth? A long stay?) Some I can guess at--a clout is likely a diaper—since until about the 1950's diaper was a kind of cloth (used to make clouts—hemmed squares of cloth) that covered a baby's rear end and contained waste) –But what is a barrow?
Or a roller?
Is a mantle a name for a shawl/baby blanket?

And a biggin—is a cap—but what makes it special from an ordinary cap (and hand written notes some times say-A Holland Cap or an Irish cap.)

I'd love to hear about the differnce between a frock, an upper coat, a petticoat, and bodice coat and a long stay, if you know them.

Ribbon
Cap
Biggin
Forehead cloth
Head Cloth
Long Stay
Bibb
Frock
Upper Coat
Petticoat
Bodice Coat
Barrow
Mantle
Sleeves
Blanket
Neck Cloth
Handerchief
Cloak
Roller
Bed
Waistcoat
Shirt
Clout
Pilch
Stockings
Shoes

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