U is for Ulster Coat

April 24, 2016


This year for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m writing about the 1800s in celebration of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world in 1889, the subject of my new novel based on this adventure: Liz and Nellie.


nellie 1890When Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland raced around the world in 1889, they began in November, right when it was turning wet and cold in New York City. They would begin and end the trip braving winter storms on sea and snowstorms on land. In between, they would enjoy a nice tropical vacation sailing through the Indian Ocean. To stay warm in the winter climates, Nellie bought her famous black and white checked Ulster coat. An Ulster is simply an overcoat  popular in Victorian times. It was an every-day coat made of durable material.

2 responses to U is for Ulster Coat

  1. An Ulster coat… Oddly I loved the Victorian period for its fashion. “Fashion”…really it went super austere and I did like the freedom of the Regency period, but that’s just me. I guess every time period has its highlights. (And I did notice you did the 1940s which had pretty cool style too.)

  2. I like the look of old fashions, too, but it’s hard to beat a pair of jeans and a t-shirt 🙂