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Some modern historians tend to regard pictorial evidence of a well-dressed working class as a sentimental distortion. . . described by John Barrell in his book The Dark Side of Landscape (1983) as “dressed well above their station” and “quite impossible to believe in labourers.” . . . John Styles . . . has squirreled together a remarkable, and often poignant, heap of evidence of what the poor actually wore. . . . Even the poorest udually had a change of shirt, shift, stockings, and gown. . . Nor did the styles vary greatly between classes. Even great ladies had taken to wearing aprons, even servant girls wore silk handkerchiefs.
Labouring men would spend several weeks wages to buy a watch, often silver-cased rather than brass. Thompson famously claimed that these were enforced by the grim disciplines of industrial mass production [but evidence that labourers did work wearing watches suggests they] “were items of conspicuous consumption”. — Ferninand Mount, “Cherryderry Days,” TLS (4 April 2008): 3
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