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Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

1860's winter wear | ... winter clothing. Photo: Otto Herschan, Getty Images / Hulton Archive

1860's winter wear | ... winter clothing. Photo: Otto Herschan, Getty Images / Hulton Archive

Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

Sanguine in winter and vivid in the snow and ice-filled landscape, a skating ensemble cuts a colorful figure for the season. Of a recreation possible in nature only in winter, the skater is a friendly and familiar Currier and Ives avatar of the season

facesofthevictorianera: “ Ice Skating Woman CDV by N.P. Jones, Madison, Wisconsin by depthandtime on Flickr. ”

facesofthevictorianera: “ Ice Skating Woman CDV by N.P. Jones, Madison, Wisconsin by depthandtime on Flickr. ”

The Out-Door Dress consists of a pardessus of black silk, edged with black lace, underlaid with a white silk ruche, which displays the lace.  There is also a gimp passamenterie. June 1864 Harpers Magazine

The Out-Door Dress consists of a pardessus of black silk, edged with black lace, underlaid with a white silk ruche, which displays the lace. There is also a gimp passamenterie. June 1864 Harpers Magazine

Ensemble ca. 1874     from The Met    Georgina Elizabeth (née Moncreiffe), Countess of Dudley, circa 1870s.

Ensemble ca. 1874 from The Met Georgina Elizabeth (née Moncreiffe), Countess of Dudley, circa 1870s.