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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>...

Catrina Skull Embodies Modern Day of the Dead Celebrations

Catrina Skull Embodies Modern Day of the Dead Celebrations

Catrina Skull (la Calavera Catrina) celebrates life on the Day of the Dead. Jose Guadalupe Posada’s elegant figure with her 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>...

The Great Farini Tight Roped Across Niagara Falls And Walked Across Kalahari Desert

The Great Farini Tight Roped Across Niagara Falls And Walked Across Kalahari Desert

Great Farini, or William Leonard Hunt (1838-1929) disappointed his parents who wanted him to become a doctor. Fascinated by the Read More>...

Harald Slott-Moller Spearheaded Danish Version Of The French Exhibition of Rejects

Harald Slott-Moller Spearheaded Danish Version Of The French Exhibition of Rejects

Danish painter and ceramicist Harald Slott-Moller (August 17, 1864 to October 20, 1937) was born in Copenhagen. He was formally Read More>...

Nellie Bly Articles Provided Powerful Ammunition In Pulitzer’s Battle For Readers

Nellie Bly Articles Provided Powerful Ammunition In Pulitzer’s Battle For Readers

Competition between newspapers was fierce in the 1890s. Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal Read 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 (1828-1904) was not the first person to make  commercial Valentines in America.  She wasn’t even the first to 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(1844-1926) , artwork created by females was largely considered inferior. Few women were allowed to attend important 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

Queen Victoria banned Twelfth Night celebrations from British holidays. Fortunately she continued to let them eat King Cake (a.k.a. Twelfth 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>...

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