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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    Pot Pourri, Sachets And Pastilles, Where Nostalgia Was Born

    Ever catch a whiff of something so evocative that rockets you back somewhere lovely yet distant? I'm a little convinced our obsession with various scented candles, spray-canned flowers and those horrendously over scented cleaners have a genesis in our ancestors' devotion to a few vanished...
  2. Equestriangirl93

    A Gentleman's Rules for Horseback Riding with a Lady.

    1. A gentleman was to be punctual. It would very improper to keep a lady waiting. 2. When riding with a lady, a gentleman always rode on her right side (since ladies rode side saddle and both of her legs were on the right side, a gentleman could avoid brushing/bumping her legs if rode too...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Bloomers And Corsets And Hats ( And Garters, Stockings, Fans, Sontags, Scarves, Shoes... ) Oh My!

    Ever live in an old house? The one we lived in when I was kid had one, teeny closet per bedroom. In 2019 we're all the way up to walk-in closets to store the comparatively miniscule amount of clothing typically worn in a day. It takes around 5 minutes toil to cover oneself adequately before...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Corpse Hair And Arsenic, A Trip To Your Enameling Studio

    Your enameling studio, this one Broadway, NYC, was where you would be, well, enameled. Aptly named, the process began with a kind of paste slathered over one's fair, white chest and face, ensuring they were even whiter. For a higher fee you could get two unwashed weeks out of a good enameling...
  5. 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 There are quite a few of these and such an outdated concept I once assumed the darn things were lampshades.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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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