Charles Dickens -
"Barnaby Rudge"
Old Postcard, Dickens, Gabriel Varden
Gabriel Varden.
This was Dickens' fifth novel, which was published in weekly parts in "Master Humphrey's
Clock" by Chapman and Hall between February and November 1841. The main character,
Barnaby Rudge, is portrayed as a not very bright young man who has a pet raven, Grip, and
tells of his unwitting involvement with the
Gordon Riots in 1780. Follow this link for more
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postcard of Barnaby Rudge - can you help ??
Dolly Varden.
The postcard of Dolly Varden was sent to us by Carol Kregloh from the USA. She provided the following information about the "Dolly Varden"
fashion from the 1870s.
"The Dolly Varden dress style was popular in England in the summer of 1871, with some follow-through in the summer of 1872.  It was
popular in the United States in 1872.   Though the dress shown on the postcard is only a caricature, it shows the basic elements of a textbook
Dolly Varden:  floral fabric, short pouffed skirt worn over a longer contrasting skirt, and elbow-length sleeves that ended in a ruffle. The outfit
was often worn with a wide, flat straw hat, also like the one in the postcard.  But each of these elements could be changed at the discretion
of the wearer, allowing great variation among dresses that were thought of as “Dolly Vardens.”  And although most Dolly Varden day dresses
grazed the shoe-top because they were intended for walking, they were never as short as the one shown in this cartoon.  

Almost as soon as it was introduced, the Dolly Varden dress became a fad rather than a fashion.  The style was popular at all price points
and in all fabrics from silk to cotton. Anyone could (and did) wear it, causing it to lose favor quickly with fashion leaders on both sides of the
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