Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 28, 2012

28th January [1847 and 1858] and Godey’s

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Jan.] 28th [1847]: “Got another whale today cut it in  and commenced boiling it. The weather very warm and pleasant.   Reading and knitting my employment for some time to come.”

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] JANUARY 28 [1858]: “We have not beat the ship much today, as they are mending the mainsail. She is in sight a short distance from us. Captain Curry told us if the still further rise of whalebone, which is a matter of rejoicing to us. An unheard-of event in the annals of history for whalebone to be $1.50 per pound. The ladies are to be thanked for that, and I presume all interested in right whaling are truly thankful for this skirt movement.* May the fashion long continue. One month today since Antone was swallowed up in the relentless waters.”

* Note: Mary is referring to the new fashion of larger, wider skirts that were dome-shaped and preceded the bell-shaped skirts of the American Civil War era (See the two drawings below: first image of 1858 skirts; the second image is 1864).  The skirts were so wide, they needed special ‘cages’ or ‘crinolines’, made of whalebone (baleen), to keep their shapes.


Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Jan. 24-Feb. 1, 1860.

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