1. JPK Huson 1863

    The Fan ' Language ' Of An Over-Heated Era

    From NYPL, one of the era patterns you could use to create an elegant lady's fan. There are quite a few of these and such an outdated concept I once assumed the darn things were lampshades. Duh. Fan. Wrong can be a hobby if you're good enough at it. Also NYPL, undated but seems pre-war, maybe...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    It's Not All Potpouri And Lace, A Lady's Thoroughly Exhausting Day

    Era cartoon lampooning extremes in the lives of ' fashionable ' women. Her ' toilette ' becomes the concern of a small village composed of merchants, tradesmen and servants. There's an emphasis on the commerce involved, a man hawks crinoline, another jewelry, yet another holds fabric and there's...
  3. John Hartwell

    "The ladies of Stockbridge feel an earnest interest..."

    [Mass. Historical Society Online Collections] Captain Goodwin. Sir I am informed that the volunteers from Stockbridge, all belong to your company I have therefore taken the liberty of addressing to you, (Care of Mr Abbott) a box, containing clothing for them, which I beg you to distribute...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    So How Prudish Were We, Really? Cupids Notwithstanding, A Genuine Question

    Eternally clad in white, playing with cupids and adorned with flowers this image of feminine purity permeates our 2019 ideas about expectations of women in the era. Maybe take another look, without cupids getting underfoot. From naked table legs to some kicking necklines, this Godey's image...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    " Select Female Seminary ", Where Brains And Lace Shook Hands

    This elegant notion combining fashion and ' equestrian exercise ' was considered an ' accomplishment ' de rigor for young ladies hopeful of adorning society's upper realms. Image appears to be British ( unless anyone is aware of a castle around here with beach front access, as in this landscape...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Kiss Is Just A Kiss... ", When We Did A Lot More Of It

    ' Our ' era, around mid-century 1800, unblushingly committed itself to kissing. No one had discovered how ' iew ' it was to let someone know they were lovely, or loved, or respected or cherished. So we kissed kinda a lot. NYPL Could be we've become a lot more conscious about kissing since...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Trying to Look Pretty in the Mid-19th Century

    "Southern Belles" by Alan Maley In the Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information (1889), there is an entire chapter dedicated to the "secrets of beauty" because… "If women are to govern, control, manage, influence and retain the adoration of husbands, fathers, brothers, lovers...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Making Sense of Victorian Scents

    Pot Pourri Herbert James Draper, circa 1897 While a Victorian lady was not known for wearing excessive fragrance, perfumes were as much a part of her beauty regime as hair and skin care. These perfumes were generally simpler than the ones we know today and consisted, in large part, of florals...
  9. I

    Honor in the Nineteenth Century

    There have been several threads, recently, about "Was So-and-so an honorable man?" People then give evidence for and against. But if there was any discussion about what honor is, I missed it. Do social historians have any clear ideas on what's honorable, especially in Civil-War-time America...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Ladies, Tresses, Up-Doos And Locks, The Short Story

    One of around a gazillion era illustrations from popular periodicals, The PerfectWoman typically was romanticized- with an awful lot of long Perfect Hair. Hair! We loved our hair, ornamented, plaited, ringletted, ( it's a word.... ), snooded, piled and coifed- not happy with that we made...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Godey's Lady's Book 1860's And Those Other Women. You Know, Not Them

    Godey's sympathized with what an onerous duty it was, keeping an eye on those ( portrayed as ugly in strong relief to the beautiful ' mistress ' ) domestic servants. Buffoon like, endlessly encroaching and in need of wise guidance, you just couldn't get good help those days. Nana, my great...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    " To The Ladies Of Beaufort ", And Other Sea Stories

    A few war time sea stories, albeit not always on ships. Snippets from the war, not long enough for a thread so gluing them together. An era book describes one of those war time stories it would be a shame to miss. We're awfully inventive given the chance to display a little creativity. From...
  13. donna

    Recreated Old Fashioned Tea Cakes and Other Delights for Tea Party

    Pre war subjects, ladies at tea, illustrating the past time of reading each other's tea leaves. Husbands, sweethearts, future children or general dreams of the future would be discerned in the soggy mass at the bottom of one's china cup. ' Tea ' was time for a lot of things. This recipe for...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Blue Willow Ware, The Legend Continues

    Hovering inside destiny on an antique Staffordshire platter, winged lovers Kiing-see and Chang tell their story of love and devotion on each Blue Willow plate, tea cup, platter and sugar bowl. Admit to this being ' my ' set- and they're old. You can still buy very good Blue Willow- if spending...
  15. JPK Huson 1863

    " Help Wanted, Female Not Afraid To Work ", A Girl's Gotta Eat

    In this wildly romanticized 1863 illustration from one of Frank Leslie's magazines, a ' Lady ' is the center of attention, surrounded by luxury, pampered by her maids. Given a predilection towards peddling this kind of ideal 140 years ago, little wonder we're still at it, romanticizing the era...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    Rubbing Elbows With Each Other, Very Well, An Era Guide

    From a prewar book on' social usage ', this wonderful illustration could still hold true. No, pigs should not be permitted to run loose on the road. Rubbing elbows in an increasingly crowded world required increasing civility to each other. Controlling one's pigs seems a simple enough...
  17. JPK Huson 1863

    A La Astride V. Sidesaddle, An Era Man's Lament, 1865

    From a book ( Hathitrust ) printed just pre-war, this illustration is fairly accurate. While an idyllic scene, it doesn't overly emphasize unrealistic, dainty qualities much valued in romantic takes on women riding sidesaddle. Perhaps a tad. The lace handkerchief is new to me. Not crazy about...
  18. Eleanor Rose

    Let's Party Like It's the 1800s!

    An 1865 engraving of President Lincoln’s second inaugural ball held at the Patent Office. Courtesy of the American Art Museum Our Victorian friends loved a good party and most of us still do. Back then the very best parties offered good food, grand music and the opportunity to dress to...
  19. JPK Huson 1863

    " American Ladies " And A Forever Marked Man, 1861

    In the midst of war, we had our fantastic, fantasy laden distractions. Images of an idyllic life out of some imaginary time, appeared with regularity in Godey's, Demorests and weirdly, Harpers and Leslie's, ' Paris Fashion ' next page over from war scenes. But we knew they were not real. Not...
  20. Belle Montgomery

    Ladies fashion "Balmoral" boots -another 1860's option

    Stumbled on this tonight...enjoy ladies:
  21. 18thVirginia

    On Memorial Day

    we honor the memory of those who fell under the flags of this nation. Today, I'd also like to salute the women who sewed those flags: Philadelphia Betsy Ross Flag Shop - Navy Yard Women sewing flags in factory, Margaret Bourke-White I realize that some of these are from later than...
  22. JPK Huson 1863

    Union Refreshment Saloon And Hospital, Philadelphia

    " Union Refreshment Saloon ", Washington Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Civil War, taken from a photograph found in New York Public Library's digital collection. There are several images, both photographic and drawn by era artists for newspapers of the Union Refreshment Saloon...

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