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Victorian Era Vinegar Valentines: Hate Mail Or Tough Love?

Victorian Era Vinegar Valentines: Hate Mail Or Tough Love?

Were Victorian Era Vinegar Valentines hate mail or tough love?  They offered a tart or spicy alternative to the sweet Read More>...

Queen Victoria’s Wedding Broke Some Rules

Queen Victoria’s Wedding Broke Some Rules

Queen Victoria’s wedding broke some rules and undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows on February 10, 1840. Like so many famous Read More>...

Could Elizabeth Bisland Have Won Nellie Bly’s Race?

Could Elizabeth Bisland Have Won Nellie Bly’s Race?

Could Elizabeth Bisland have won Nellie Bly’s race around the world if Joseph Pulitzer had not chartered The Miss Nellie Read More>...

Did Nellie Bly And Joseph Pulitzer Rig The Race?

Did Nellie Bly And Joseph Pulitzer Rig The Race?

Did Nellie Bly and Joseph Pulitzer rig the race on the final stretch across the United States? Bly set sail Read More>...

Cracking The Codes Of Victorian Era Accessories

Cracking The Codes Of Victorian Era Accessories

Cracking the codes of Victorian Era accessories could be a daunting task. During the Victorian Era, young women were not supposed to Read More>...

Flirtation Cards: Social Media Of The Victorian Era

Flirtation Cards: Social Media Of The Victorian Era

Flirtation Cards were the Victorian Era’s answer to social media. It was a time when proper men and women did Read More>...

PostTraumatic Growth: Nellie Bly Bounced Forward

PostTraumatic Growth: Nellie Bly Bounced Forward

Nellie Bly could be a case study in posttraumatic growth from the Victorian Era.  In spite of all the loss and trauma she Read More>...

How Christmas Stole Presents From New Year’s Day

How Christmas Stole Presents From New Year’s Day

Until the Victorian Era, gift giving happened on New Year’s Day rather than Christmas. Many people think that it was Read More>...

New Year’s Eve Rocked The Victorian Era

New Year’s Eve Rocked The Victorian Era

New Year’s Eve Rocked the Victorian Era. From the Victorian Era’s version of First-Foot superstitions on New Year’s Eve to Read More>...

Victorian Era: Bad Boy Yule Lads Get Santa Makeover

Victorian Era: Bad Boy Yule Lads Get Santa Makeover

Since, the Victorian Era the Bad Boy Yule lads got a Santa Makeover.  Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads of today are Read More>...

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