The Edwardian Era: Shop Charges, Customized Couture Clothing, the Stigma of Makeup, and the Promotion Women’s Rights and Women’s Suffrage

During the Edwardian period, the idea of handling goods the way people do in a modern retail store (eg. trying clothes on or picking up dishes to look at them) was a foreign concept and because shops wanted to encourage this behavior as it lead to more sales, many shops displayed signs which stated “admittance free” in an effort to explain to patrons that they would not be charged for the privledge of handling a shops goods before purchase. Butter was exceedingly expensive so lard was used in pl...

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