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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.

San Antonio Battle Of Flowers Parade First Launched During Victorian Era

San Antonio Battle Of Flowers Parade First Launched During Victorian Era

It all started as a patriotic celebration. The San Antonio Battle Of Flowers Parade was first launched during the Victorian Read More>...

Cascarones Confetti Eggs Showered Celebrations Since The Victorian Era

Cascarones Confetti Eggs Showered Celebrations Since The Victorian Era

Easter eggs symbolize life, renewal and cartons of fun by the dozens. People have decorated, rolled, hidden, hunted, tapped and Read More>...

Esther Howland Valentines Launched A Lucrative Business

Esther Howland Valentines Launched A Lucrative Business

Esther Howland was not the first person to make  commercial Valentines in America.  She wasn’t even the first to make Read More>...

Mary Cassatt Paved Way For The New Woman In Life And Art

Mary Cassatt Paved Way For The New Woman In Life And Art

In Mary Cassatt’s time, artwork created by females was largely considered inferior. Few women were allowed to attend important art Read More>...

Let Them Eat Twelfth Cake Or King Cake On 12th Day Of Christmas

Let Them Eat Twelfth Cake Or King Cake On 12th Day Of Christmas

Twelfth Night celebrations remain bigger than Christmas in much of the world. For many, the highly religious day still honors Read More>...

The Christmas Pickle Launched Holiday Dreams And Woolworth’s Dynasty

The Christmas Pickle Launched Holiday Dreams And Woolworth’s Dynasty

According to legend, the Christmas Pickle was a time-honored German tradition that found its way to America in the Victorian Read More>...

Krampus Enforced Saint Nicholas’s Naughty List At Christmas

Krampus Enforced Saint Nicholas’s Naughty List At Christmas

The Naughty and Nice List wasn’t always as forgiving as it is today. In Victorian times and long before, the Read More>...

Victorian Christmas Cards Delivered Dark Holiday Humor

Victorian Christmas Cards Delivered Dark Holiday Humor

Nothing says Happy Holidays like a frog stabbing a fellow frog and escaping with what looks like a bag of Read More>...

Sarah Hale Campaigned 17 Years For Our National Thanksgiving Holiday

Sarah Hale Campaigned 17 Years For Our National Thanksgiving Holiday

Sarah Hale was one of America’s original tastemakers. As co-editor of the enormously successful Godey’s Lady’s Book, she was the Read More>...

Jules Verne Facts And Myths: Around The World In Eighty Days

Jules Verne Facts And Myths: Around The World In Eighty Days

On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly set sail  to beat the fictional record set by Jules Verne in his novel, Around Read More>...

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