Resurrecting the Colorado Countess

Yesterday, I browsed the women's page of the New York Times -- from August 4, 1901 -- where the very latest "Gowns Worn by Visitors to Our Town" were detailed. Mrs. E. Reeves Merritt, for example, wore " a simple white pique gown" with a skirt that cleared the floor and "was absolutely plain, without even an applied flounce." Mrs. Robert Ralston Crowsby, meanwhile, was spotted "shopping in a deep blue muslin thickly sprinkled with tiny white polka dots," and Mrs. Hildreth K. Bloodgood "was seen in town in a chic frock of denim."

And then, after the fashion update and other important news was breathlessly revealed (the young Duchess of Marlborough -- the former Consuelo Vanderbilt -- now had the "bearing of a matron twice her age," and anyone ignorant of her identity "would probably say that she was a woman with a tragedy in her life"), came his report on "The Colorado Countess":