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72 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 A fascinating glimpse at society women circa 1890 By Mary Ann Benyo At the turn of the century, from the 1890s up to World War I, women performed some amazing rituals to increase their attractive- ness, creating what Barbara Meyer Darlin termed "quite a surprise for the unsuspect- ing bridegroom." During a presentation held at the Lewes Public Library March 5, Darlin modeled a custom-made Victorian ball gown with all the layers of underpinnings, revealing many of the secrets of the well-dressed so- ciety woman in a presentation called "Ar- senic & Tight Lace: Beauty Secrets of La Belle Epoque." "What you see is what you get, now," Darlin said of today's styles. "A hundred years ago? Not at all! Women used all sorts of tricks and deception to make themselves appear more desirable. It was uncomfort- able at best, unhealthy in the extreme." Corsets and petticoats were required for women of all social classes, every day. "It Continued on page 73 PtNEHI! Mary Ann Benyo photos Above, with the assistance of Tasha Lief of Lewes, Barbara Meyer Darlin, who gives demonstrations on the lives of socie- ty women of one hundred years ago, takes four inches off her waistline with the aid of a corset. Below, the accoutrements of beauty at the height of the Vic- torian era included topical creams and lotions that whitened the skin as well as Dr. Rose's Arsenic Complexion Wafers. The University of Delaware's 20th Annual Land and Sea Lectures Fascinating Free Fridays with UD Speakers MARc00 11 "Water Resources in Southern Delaware-W, llWe Have Enough ?" John H. Talley, Director of the Delaware Geological Survey and State Geologist, will talk about what's being done in the First State to.protect the environment and ensure that adequate water will be.available. AND COMING UP FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH: MRc# 18 '7;o Young for the Death Penalty" with VALERIE HANS, Professor of Crimina! Justice and authority on the jury system IRc 25 "Improving Mathemat,s Tch,'ng in U. S. Schools.. What We Can Learn from Internat,'onalCompar,ons" with JAMES HIEBERT, Barkley Professor, School of Education [N LEWES: 10 a.m. Virden Center, Sharp Campus 700 Pilottown Rd. & Now IN MILFORD: 1:30 p.m. Milford Public Library 11 SE Front St. Too busy to cook or just: want a break? ltomemaae heat and serve entrees. "a