Punch,  52 (1867), 207.

Do You Want A New Dress?





Utilitarianism, Health, Gender, Industry, Pollution, Disease, Amusement

    Describes the repugnance of the 'philosopher' to a 'lovely woman' 'enslaved' in a 'fashionable dress', on realizing that the dress had been made by 'a poor needlewoman' working in unhealthy conditions. Outlines one way in which these 'sad thoughts' can be dissipated—the 'Bright, clean, airy workrooms' of a London dressmakers'. Urges husbands to buy dresses for their wives from this firm unless the 'lady is certain that her own milliner has been equally careful of the health and comfort of her own workpeople'.

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