At this date thousands of people are still alive who remember clearly the subjects I am writing about.
It is either a very brave or very foolish thing to write about a subject from my position
when there are so many eyewitnesses to correct my mistakes.
I could of course have written on the subject of Ancient Roman fashion knowing there are no living persons to criticise me. There would only be other scholars looking at the same archives.
In my view it is better to put ideas forward however flimsy my evidence is. Future generations may or not thank me for for my endevours.
Take for example, the large butterfly hair bow: I have said that this item was a fashion of the Great War. I have one stray example dated 1900 and another dated 1926 but over 200 dated between 1913 and 1918.Should we say that a photograph of a butterfly bow (my name for them) is likely to date from between 1900 and 1926. or do we say as I have done, the Great War era ?.........