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Strange Times offers a treasure trove of outlandish, funny, sometimes shocking stories from Victorian Era. Explore Victorian  ideas, customs, holidays, clothing, architecture, art, women, men, businesses, leisure activities and more.

Nellie Bly And Elizabeth Bisland Raced Through Their Victorian New Year 1889

Nellie Bly And Elizabeth Bisland Raced Through Their Victorian New Year 1889

December 31, 1889—Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland had completed a little more than half their plotted courses around the world Read More>...

Victorian Santa Claus Kept Current With Travel Trends Of The Industrial Revolution

Victorian Santa Claus Kept Current With Travel Trends Of The Industrial Revolution

Skeptics have questioned the science of Christmas Eve deliveries since the Victorian Santa Claus became popular. They attempted to calculate Read More>...

Folies-Bergere Performances Often Shocked But Always Delighted Nineteenth-Century Audiences

Folies-Bergere Performances Often Shocked But Always Delighted Nineteenth-Century Audiences

November 30, 1886. Under new management, the Folies-Bergere music hall at 32 Rue Richer in the foothills of Montmartre premiered its Read More>...

Nineteenth-Century Thanksgiving Day Maskers Paraded Door-To-Door Begging For Treats

Nineteenth-Century Thanksgiving Day Maskers Paraded Door-To-Door Begging For Treats

Like most holidays, Thanksgiving experienced growing pains to become the event we know today. George Washington proclaimed Tuesday, November 26 Read More>...

Montmartre Cabaret Of Hell And Heaven Guaranteed Victorian Era Guests Good Times

Montmartre Cabaret Of Hell And Heaven Guaranteed Victorian Era Guests Good Times

For a good time, Victorian Era revelers entered the gaping, toothy mouth of the monstrous Leviathan. Once inside, they descended Read More>...

American County Fairs Lured Crowds With Sizzling Hot Victorian Era Sideshows

American County Fairs Lured Crowds With Sizzling Hot Victorian Era Sideshows

American County Fairs emerged in the early 1800s as a way for farmers to strut everything from vegetables to livestock. Read More>...

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