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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>...

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>...

Victorian Era Halloween Games Spelled Romance

Victorian Era Halloween Games Spelled Romance

By the Victorian Era, Halloween rituals had become gentler and sweeter. For some revelers, Halloween rivaled Valentine’s Day. Still, it Read More>...

The Supernatural Ruled Victorian Era Halloween Festivities

The Supernatural Ruled Victorian Era Halloween Festivities

Victorian Era Halloween festivities showcased the supernatural. For centuries, people viewed Halloween as a time when the veil between life Read More>...

Top Five Secrets Of Victorian Era Sea Bathing

Top Five Secrets Of Victorian Era Sea Bathing

Sea Bathing had long been praised as “the cure” for everything from general malaise to broken bones and deadly diseases. Read More>...

Victorian Era Pleasure Piers And The Working Class Holiday

Victorian Era Pleasure Piers And The Working Class Holiday

Victorian Era Pleasure Piers flourished along with the working class holiday starting in the 1840s. Seaside resorts were sprouting out of Read More>...

Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine And Seaside Retreat

Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine And Seaside Retreat

A look into Queen Victoria’s bathing machine and seaside retreat on the Isle of Wight might alter any dour image Read More>...

Parasols Said It Best!

Parasols Said It Best!

Parasols said it best in an era when people often had to communicate without words.   Imagine life minus email, cell Read More>...

Queen Victoria Had Multiple Mother Issues

Queen Victoria Had Multiple Mother Issues

Queen Victoria had multiple mother issues.  First, she had issues with her own mother.  Later she had mother issues with each Read More>...

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