From left: Early Puritan costume. A dignitary in the 18th century. A gentleman in the 18th century. A merchant in the 18th century. A Governor in the in the 17th century. An Officer in the Revolution. A gentleman about the time of the revolution. A puritan Divine. A gentleman about the time of the revolution. A colonial Governor in the in the 18th century.
Source: The Household History of the United States and its people by Edward Eggleston. Published in London 1889.
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