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Nineteenth-Century Everyday Objects

August 9, 2016 Archive Insight


The collections of The Henry Ford contain dozens of bandboxes, 19
th-century containers originally used to store neckbands (the source of their name), but frequently also used to hold hats or other clothing/accessories. These inexpensive containers were made of pasteboard or wood and then covered in paper—in many cases, as with this vibrant example, wallpaper.  Over 70 of these fragile objects can now be viewed in our Digital Collections—and check out the ones that have 360-degree views, showing interiors lined with newspapers of the time.

Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections & Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

decorative arts, furnishings, 19th century, home life, fashion, digital collections, by Ellice Engdahl

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