I've been spending time at Google Books searching 19th century books, doing "primary research". It's interesting to see the illustrations of the time, because they give information about what people actually wore, rather than the idealized and/or simplified versions in our head. This book, called May's Doll: Where Its Dress Came From describes the sources for all the elements that went into May's dress. So for those of you who collect dolls, it's intersting reading about the various countries involved in making May's dress. Click the image below to see the original book at Google Books.