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Man's Suit
1858

"Any color you like as long as it's black"
Andrew Jackson Johnson wore this suit when he married Harriet Woodbury in Berlin, MA, on June 25, 1858. Such suits-frock coat, vest, and trousers--were the standard day suit for middle--and upper-class men from the 1850s to the end of the century. In contrast to earlier times, when all three items might have been of different colors and fabrics, this suit was made of the same dark wool broadcloth. The hat is made is made of silk pile, which by this time had replaced beaver as the material used in top hats.

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