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3. Gothic Undercurrents

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Selected Archive Items

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[3161] C. F. Wieland, Dr. Wieland's Celebrated Sugar Worm Lozenges (1856),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-102488].
Patent medicine label with an illustration of respectable-looking women supervising children in a sitting room and smaller illustrations of laboring women (and one man). As science and medicine gained acceptance in the mid-nineteenth century, such medications became popular. This one was marketed for female consumers.

[5313] Catharine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Kitchen Design, Illustration in the American Woman's Home: Principles of Domestic Science; Being a Guide to the Formation and Maintenance of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, and Christian Homes (1869),
courtesy of the Library of Congress.
This illustration shows the Beecher sisters' interpretation of an efficient kitchen layout. Books on middle-class women's roles in managing households were popular during the Victorian era, but writers such as Gilman railed against the so-called cult of true womanhood.

[5361] Frances Benjamin Johnston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (c. 1900),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62- 49035].
Photograph of novelist and suffragist Gilman. In both her writing and her personal life, Gilman challenged Victorian gender roles and notions of women's place in the domestic sphere.

[5605] L. Prang & Co., Representative Women (1870),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-5535].
Individual portraits of leaders of the women's suffrage movement. Those pictured are Lucretia Mott, Grace Greenwood, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anna E. Dickinson, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Lydia Maria Francis Child, and Susan B. Anthony.

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