J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

He’d Be So Proud

Caitlin G. D. Hopkins shared this image of an American “national costume” from the latest Miss Universe competition.

The light blue color of the contestant’s sash suggests that she aspires to be a top-ranking general.

9 comments:

Chaucerian said...

I am reminded of my college friend's remark on finding her ten-year-old looking with astonishment at one of their weekend host's _Playboys_: "Oh, look, Chuckie, that lady has forgotten her trousers." But never mind, thank you for not showing Washington in similar attire.

Mary said...

What a joke of a costume.

Rob Velella said...

This is a great homage to traditional American dress in the 18th century. I'm assuming this is a replica of what all American women wore in that period, right?

RoJa said...

If only we could use a time machine to bring him here for a couple of weeks, I think he would be proud!

mary said...

LOL! There really isn't anything one can say to this!

rfuller said...

If this is an example of Colonial Revival, I feel revived already!

John L. Smith said...

She could've been the Continental Army's greatest diversionary tactic toward the British, while we did a flanking manuever. Trouble is - she probably would have diverted our troops also. Well at the very least - there would've been a momentary cease fire.

Mr Punch said...

Less revealing than Horatio Greenough's topless beefcake Washington for the Centennial

Timoteo said...

This is probably your best blog post yet!!!

Thank you Mr. Bell!!!

:)