1861-1865

  1. JPK Huson 1863

    " Often A Malicious Mind ", Our Slow Slide Backward, Or, Gossip And Other Female Weaponry

    Post war by less than a decade, this 1873 painting by ( Bodini? ) may seem charming but should make your skin crawl. Title a giveaway, " Gossips ". Someone is being torn to shreds, only difference between then and now is we had to be in the same room. Paintings of we girls busy slandering each...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " Keeping Christmas ", Christmas Past And How We're Doing With That

    Taken from an 1863 Nast spread for Harper's, Keeping Christmas in the era looks fairly familiar. Tree, family, toys children and Joy galore- Father Christmas has morphed into Santa in another section of the page, the feast into Christmas dinner and Christmas greens entwine the whole. Christmas...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Horse Knows The Way To Carry The Sleigh ", To Everywhere

    Currier and Ives prints are responsible for nostalgic sighs this time of year. A plethora of prints, etchings, paintings and photos by other artists tells us our ancestors knew a good thing when they rode in it. Our nostalgic yearnings for this aspect of the ' good old days ' is not misplaced...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Period " I'm Your Huckleberry " , With Cake

    Huckleberry bush, with male field bunting. Huckleberries seem awfully close to blueberries although it's like eating an almost blueberry. Use seems to have faded since the war, robbing us of both recipes and idioms. " I'm a huckleberry over your persimmon ".... meant ' I'm a cut above you. Era...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Wringers And Itches And Boots, Oh My! Ad-stravaganza, 1861-1865

    150 years later you can still buy hair crimpers. I'd still buy this one based solely on how beauteous one would be, as attested by Godey's, 1861. Little racey for the era, under clothing depicted in a newspaper read by men, too. But it worked- these corset slash help-hold-up- that 15 pound...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    We've Come A Long Way, Baby- Ladies, Voting And That Time New Jersey Lost It's Mind

    Last time for around a century and a half women saw their voice counted, illustration represents New Jersey's temporary inclusion of we ladies in our democratic process. It wasn't until 1920 the 19th Amendment unlocked those doors, not for lack of trying in between. As usual, sticking to...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Army Has The Strangest Pets... ", Dogs, Squirrels And An Owl Named Minerva

    Our fuzzy buddies have been following armies to war for an awfully long time. I can't source this but you just know armor clad warriors heading for Bosworth Field trailed panting companions. They hung around, the ACW a little warmed by their presence. With thanks to @LoyaltyOfDogs , MotM ...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    " From Ghosties And Ghoulies And Long... Stalks Of Kale ", Scots Hallowe'en

    Supposedly a Cornish litany runs " From ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us ". Who knows what the Welsh were up to- we Yanks spent the war years fascinated by we Scots- and our Robert Burns. Halloween seems to have parted...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Would You Buy This War? Newspapers Ads, 1861-1865

    Ads promoting medicated soaps for unspecified ailments, in a lavishly decorated settings, could not for long claim the attention of a public immersed in a war., where medical needs began to be unfathomable. We tried, to be sure, to carry on. It's a delightful ad, in 2018. As is this, for...


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