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I’ve always wondered what a shirt waist was

2011 March 26
by Lichen Rancourt

I’ve been following the Library of Congress blog for quite a number of years. I usually speed right past it without really reading for two reasons. 1. Their posts are a bit long for my liking and 2. The topics and writing style are a bit stiff. It’s
Imagine my delight with today’s post about a little known event in fashion history. I was riveted, even followed all the links.

Gets me thinking about what makes a good, engaging blog post. I have talked before about blogging as a very specific form of creative writing. I think that the hook is the the detail. The broad view is a yawn for me; I can’t relate. But imagining a huge trend in woman’s fashion leading to a bustling factory and then a tragic fire. That’s fodder for my imagination for a whole day.

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  1. Jeremy S permalink
    March 31, 2011

    There was an interesting episode of American Experience about the factory, the fashion, and the fire recently: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/triangle/player/

  2. March 31, 2011

    I watched it that night online! It was good and I was amazed that I’d never heard of it before. ps. Congratulations!

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