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Two things 
5th-Oct-2008 10:31 pm
Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09
(1) Back from a wonderful weekend in Montréal with plumtreeblossom. When can we go back?

No time/energy to tell y’all about it tonight, but I’ll post when I get a chance.

(2) A question for the costume-, theatre-, and history-geeks in the audience: I’m playing the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and we’re playing it mid-19th-century in New England. What would either (a) a formerly well-to-do man a bit down on his luck and wandering in search of work or shelter, or (b) a hired farm hand have worn in New England (call it Maine or New Hampshire) towards the middle of the 19th century?
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6th-Oct-2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I'd go with (2)(a). Much more Poe-ish.
Yeah, but also considerably harder to scrounge up out of what I have in my closet. Also something I can’t really fake on my own. But it would be nice!
6th-Oct-2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for a delightful, snuggly, happy trip, darling! It was so wonderful to explore Montreal with you!
6th-Oct-2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not an expert on this time period, but I think you'll want a careworn, patched simple brown or black suit with a yellowing, fraying-collar shirt for 2a, and a similar shirt with overalls or heans for 2b. Yes, jeans have become part of modern urban camoflage, but they were very much for the hardworking man of the 1850s. Developed for field slaves but soon an economical clothing choice for all farmers.
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