Arbiter of Fashion
"Fashions for December 1884,"
Delineator, A Monthly Magazine.
Vol. 24, no. 6.
London and New York:
Butterick Publishing Co.
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For one dollar per year, the Butterick Publishing Company brought
women across the country the latest styles and homemaking news.
Women could purchase paper patterns for twenty-five to thirty cents
and re-create in Nebraska or California the clothes of the Parisian
haute monde. From 1873 to 1937, the Delineator was
one of the major American fashion magazines with a circulation in
1900 of 480,000. Its French, German, and Spanish editions displayed
aspects of American attitudes and a way of life to the Western world
through editorials, articles, advertisements, and, in later editions,