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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Fractured Family Tales, Or, Who Were We, Anyway? 1861

    Knights of ' lineage ' carried family crests into battle and wore symbols betokening one's birth right as ' better than '. We get a little misty eyed over them claiming their spot in a rarified world, even when it meant taking up arms against each other. Illustration, NYPL, French Duc De...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    " Disagreeable Girls ", A Harper's Weekly Lament, April, 1865

    The most legendary girls, disagreeably-wise, in all History ( albeit fictional ), Cinderella's stepsisters embody those skewered so well in Harper's print. The ' or else ', seems to follow along with what happens to those in fairy tales, too. So funny. End of war news, Lincoln's death, funeral...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Lincoln's Beard, Board Games And Myriopticon, Never A Dull War

    What does this " The Checkered Game Of Life " have to do with Lincoln, his beard or the Civil War? Not as much as popularly supposed. Milton Bradley, inventor, made up for it in a big hurry. So there a few myths, floating around on the internet in connection to Milton Bradley. One, that '...
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    Trove of Rebellion Newspapers

    This is more of a "public service" announcement than the opening of a conversation. Over the course of the recent sesqui, I spent every morning transcribing about a thousand words per day from period newspapers. While I chose the articles, these were not focused only on military and naval...
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