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MARY LINCOLN'S FLANNEL PAJAMAS AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE FIRST LADIES CLOSET

Various STORIES about First Ladies between Martha & Mamie, centering on some items of their clothing, whether it is a gown, or a pair of shoes, a hat or piece jewelry.  All stories are real stories; they are not a fiction.  The clothing is either factual, actual or metaphorical. 

These are some of the stories (all true) that have been told about some First Ladies you may have forgotten about - or never knew. The stories use an item of their clothing to propel the tale. It is history through the window – not the keyhole! 

You love their gowns at the Smithsonian; now you can love them better!



WHAT PEOPLE SAY:

"A delightful read. Hats off to author and presidential historian Feather Schwartz Foster!" -Karen L. Schnitzspahn, author of Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore and other books. 


"You'll never again think the same of first ladies." -Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora and New York Times Bestseller The Lion and the Journalist


"Feather Schwartz Foster has always had a fun, easy and unique way of writing about this group of women that is so near and dear to my heart - The First Ladies of the United States of America. She has an amazing ability to dig up the most interesting and rarely heard stories, and tells them in her own way, which makes them endlessly enjoyable. This latest compilation of tales is no exception." -Andrew Och, The First Ladies Man, Author of Unusual For Their Time Contracted Producer for the C-SPAN series First Ladies: Influence and Image


 "A delightful read. Fashion has always made a statement and the first ladies' clothing reflects not only their tastes but the times they lived in. These short stories featuring specific items such as a hat or an apron, gowns or jewelry, are both amusing and enlightening. Hats off to author and presidential historian Feather Schwartz Foster!" ­ -Karen L. Schnitzspahn, author of Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore and other books. 




  • ...Did Mary Lincoln really wear flannel pajamas?

  • ...Why was Martha Washington's "dress" turned into a pincushion?

  • ...How did Julia Grant's hat show support for the Confederacy?

  • ...Did Edith Wilson really track mud onto the White House carpets?

These are some of the stories (all true) that have been told about some of the First Ladies you may have forgotten about - or never knew. The stories are either factual, actual or "metaphorical" using an item of their clothing to propel the tale.

You love their gowns at the Smithsonian; now you can love them better!
Great book for 
your book club!
PRESIDENTIAL DATES OF NOTE

"There are few contemporary chroniclers of America's first ladies more adept than Feather Schwartz Foster. Her ability to penetrate the obvious and predictable has made for some endearing and revealing profiles. How comes her latest, Mary Lincoln's Flannel Pajamas and other stories from the First Ladies' Closet, which takes the reader deep into the persona of the women who shared their husbands (and others) with history. It's a warm and insightful look behind the scenes. You'll never again think the same of first ladies." -Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora and New York Times Bestseller The Lion and the Journalist. 


"I found the stories from the First Ladies' Closet fascinating and entertaining. Fashions pertaining to First Ladies are intriguing. These fun-loving stories of the world of fashion of First Ladies are insightful and are sure to make you smile!" -Farron W. Smith, Founder, Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation & Museum 


"Feather Schwartz Foster has written a unique and enjoyable book in which the personalities and demeanor of the First Ladies comes into sharp focus. Reading Foster's well-written and engaging stories about the clothing of presidential wives creates an intimate bond between the reader and these remarkable women, who lived at the center of American history. This book combines presidential and First Lady history with fashion and clothing choices, and in the process breathes new life and vibrancy into women who are sometimes forgotten or viewed as distant historical figures. And significantly, Foster's unique contribution to the literature of First Lady history also opens windows of insight into the lives of the presidents." -Mike Purdy, Presidential Historian and Author at www.PresidentialHistory.com


POTUS BIRTHDAYS
July 4, 1872 Calvin Coolidge
July 11, 1767 John Quincy Adams
July 14, 1913 Gerald Ford

PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
July 01, 1916 – Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower
July 07, 1946 – Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter​
July 08, 1891 – Warren and Florence Harding​
July 26, 1797 – John Q. and Louisa Adams

FLOTUS BIRTHDAYS
(First Lady of the United States)​
July 06, 1861 – Edith Roosevelt​
July 15, 1860 – Florence Harding​
July 18, 1927 – Rosalynn Carter​
July 28, 1831 – Lucy Hayes​
July 06, 1921 – Nancy Reagan​
July 21,1864 – Frances Cleveland​
July 25, 1775 - Anna Harrison​
July 28, 1929 – Jacqueline Kennedy