100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Issued August 9, 1912

The Parisian-style hobble skirt has a bunched hem near the bottom to create a mermaid-like appearance and made its first appearance in the US in the early 1910. The new gowns requires ladies to walk m

ore elegantly, a throwback to the dainty Victorian woman. But it made it difficult for women to enter a streetcar.

On August 9, 1912 the NEW YORK EVENING WORLD interviewed Interborough Transit System’s general superintendent George Keegan.

“Often hundreds of people will be forced to stand aside patiently waiting for some women to raise her skirts sufficiently to allow her to step into the car. “Nearly all of the accidents in the subway are due to the fact that women wear hobble skirts.”

A special ‘step-less’ car had even been designed with the fashionable lady in mind. The first of these “hobble-skirt” cars debuted on the streets of New York in the spring of 1912.

“This Is What Causes The Trouble”
Illustration from the New York Evening World
August 9, 1912

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