“Dr. McGowan, in a recent lecture on Japanese customs, exhibited an overcoat made of paper, perfectly strong and serviceable. In this country we have paper collars, but in Japan they go further and have paper handkerchiefs, which are very soft and of very fine texture. But the Japanese are more delicate than we in one respect; after they have used a handkerchief they throw it away, and are thus saved the trouble of washer women.”
This article was originally published with the title 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago.