The Matchgirls worked hard, and played hard and they loved to dress up for a hard earned night out.
“They buy their clothes and feathers (especially the latter) by forming clubs; seven or eight of them will join together paying a shilling a week each, and drawing lots to decide who shall have the money each week.”
Clara Collet 1886
“. . . the hat, with its three, in many cases, four long ostrich feathers of a brilliant red or royal blue shade . . ”
Allan Rowntree 1888
“They have fashions of their own; they delight in a quantity of colour; and they can no more live without their large hats and huge feathers than 'Arry can live without his bell-bottom trousers.”
Montagu Williams 1894