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"She sat in the porch swing, moving it back and forth to stir the breeze. It was hopeless. A good swing, a shaded veranda and a clear dress were not enough to overcome the August heat in Alabama." Oh my.

1856-58 Dress - simple ribbon trim and puffs on sleeves (Dated by the MET--which I think is incorrect. The "bustle" at the back is likely mid-late 1860s. I've never seen a photo or fashion plate showing such a bustle as early as they say this is.)