Mrs. Augustus Newland Eddy
née Abbie Louise Spencer
1850 – 1909
The wife of Augustus Newland Eddy, a manufacturer and merchant
who later became a member of the Chicago Stock Exchange, she
enjoyed traveling abroad and after 1900 made annual trips to
Europe. Mrs. Eddy favored French fashions and became highly
knowledgeable about the dressmakers and shops in Paris. In
addition to her donations of European couture, the Chicago
History Museum has many of Mrs. Eddy’s journals and scrapbooks
which speak of her visits to Europe’s leading houses of couture.
Eventually, many of her friends turned to her for advice on
where to shop while in Europe, and Mrs. Eddy would often suggest
the houses of Worth, Pingat, Virot, and Doucet.