Lacing Up the Gloves

  title={Lacing Up the Gloves},
  author={Irene Gammel},
  journal={Cultural and Social History},
  pages={369 - 390}
  • Irene Gammel
  • Published 1 September 2012
  • Art
  • Cultural and Social History
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