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  • A slapstick prop of vaudeville, red-flannel union suits and that famous derrière flap were originally made as long underwear for women in the late 19th century, but evolved into a seriously rugged Americana essential for roughnecks, bootleggers, gold prospectors and cowboys.

    The Union Forever

  • He carried a bow and a lance, wore a headdress decorated with feathers and long red-flannel streamers, and was elaborately smeared with paint.43 His horse, according to Ford, was “gloriously caparisoned.”


  • His feet were bare; his red-flannel shirt was thrown back at the throat, and its sleeves were rolled above the elbows; his only other garment, a pair of under pantaloons or drawers, reaching to the ankles, fitted him close and tight.

    No Thoroughfare

  • It was a red-flannel chest-protector, one of those large quasi-hygienic objects that with pills and medicines take the place of beneficial relics and images among the Protestant peoples of Christendom.

    The War in the Air

  • We were loved by young women, both buxom and strong, in their red-flannel petticoats singing a song, in their shawls and their bodices neatly arrayed, with their beautiful forms so correctly displayed, who would stir any man to great exploits of fame, to win for Ould Ireland a true honoured name, to fight for their honour before any Queen, like the true-hearted Fenians of Cahircivee.

    Fenians of Cahirciveen

  • He did not wear a jacket of any kind, preferring a heavy red-flannel shirt, whose sleeves were kept up by elastic arm bands, and a leather vest.


  • On their march of eighteen miles from there to Winchester they were preceded by the "Grayson Dare-devils" of Virginia, one hundred strong, armed with Mississippi rifles and wearing red-flannel shirts.

    The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson

  • Poor Clarendon! the thought of those red-flannel shirts was near killing him; for they were just like those our negroes wear, and so were the duck trousers.

    Hurrah for New England! The Virginia Boy's Vacation

  • I think he cut the greatest figure washing out his red-flannel shirt yesterday, and he laughed himself at the idea of some of his fashionable friends catching a glimpse of him while thus employed.

    Hurrah for New England! The Virginia Boy's Vacation

  • Half asleep, but ever reluctant, we will trudge stumblingly to the little room with its deep feather bed, and get into our red-flannel nightie.

    The Long Ago


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