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  • Page 113 riding dress with white collar & cuffs and black velvet cap with a white plume, she told me that Mrs. Wilbur Compton had been very ill, and had lost her little baby with the diptheria.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.

  • Her black suit with the pleated white collar was a Lelong, and the hat perched on her sleek hair gave her a new air of sophistication which he liked and found somehow comforting.

    The Fashion in Shrouds

  • He wore a long-sleeved, buttoned-down, tan-and-white-striped shirt that boasted a contrasting white collar and cuffs at the end of the sleeves.

    A Love So Deep

  • Robert Davenport — a lean, nondescript face sandwiched between the tall black hat and the plain white collar of the Puritan divine.

    War Game

  • The door was opened by a plump-faced Latino woman in a black uniform, complete with white collar and pinny.

    the mission song

  • The uniform adopted was a black dress and cape of the same material reaching to the belt, a white collar and a lace cap and veil — such a costume as is now worn by the postulants of the congregation.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Her signature ruff, a sort of wheel-like, pleated, staunch white collar sometimes bordered in an intricate lace projects epically from her neckline in most of the paintings and film depictions of her to date.

    The Style Checklist

  • In his black soutane with the high white collar he looked magnificent, she thought; only not like a priest at all.

    The Thorn Birds

  • This vast influx of female white collar “wetbacks,” in conjunction with the transfer of manufacturing capital to foreign lands, has all but crippled the U.S. labor movement, an effect that is visible in 1986 in the spread of “give-back,” “take away,” and “two-tiered” labor contracts.

    Why Nothing Works


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  • Such a surprising song, and so wonderfully catchy.

    December 28, 2008

  • You’re a white collar boy and you gave into the law
    Give in to the pressure, the cops gonna getcha!
    You were a thieving dog at work until they caught your little paw
    Your wage won’t stretch, to picking up checks
    A custodial sentence you narrowly avoided
    Community service you had to go along with
    You’re banging the rocks at the old city docks
    Poor boy!

    (White collar boy, by Belle and Sebastian)

    December 27, 2008