Duster ca. 1905, Culture: American, Medium: mohair, cotton. Dusters were worn as protective clothing during the early 1900’s. Cars were completely open air during this time period. In order to protect finer textiles, dusters were necessary. These large overcoats often had a collar that could be unbuttoned and pulled up to protect the next. Some even had detachable motoring veils to protect the face from dust and other hazards.