We know Victorian ladies carried reticules, but they hardly accommodated more than a hankie and a house key – hardly all their “necessities.” How did they manage? They used a clever little accessory called a chatelaine!
While most people envision Victorian romance as courtly and idyllic, some Victorians welcomed the romantic opportunity to be quite cruel. Bullying was nothing new to Victorians who chose to send “vinegar valentines,” which would stay around for about the next hundred years. These vinegar valentines did not send sweet nothings and sugary words, they were […]
Okay! Time to talk Victorian slang. Our modern version of slang incorporates abbreviations, purposeful misspellings and distortions of the misspellings! Most of us are familiar with LOL, TMI, Krispy Kreme, and Kool Aid. Contemporary young people recognize kew! (cool) and deez (these), which they will tell you is NBD (no big deal). Victorians were no […]
When looking for a quick and easy Christmas present, many of us grab a bottle of wine, toss it in a bag and add a bow. The Victorians were no different. Consequently, many of us end up with several bottles of wine, as did they. Not a problem – depending on the quality of the […]
Why is Friday the 13th supposed to be so unlucky? Nobody really knows for sure – which in itself is a little spooky! Though it is uncertain exactly when this particular tradition began, negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries. Proof of this longstanding negative association can be traced back to the […]
Now that summer is officially here, and the days are warm and sunny, most of us are grabbing our shades as we dash out the door. Indeed, they are not only a fashion accessory, but a health aide against the ever strengthening UV rays.
The Easter parade as we know it today, like many customs, has its origin in the Victorian era. Victorians were devout, and after attending Easter church services, were known to stroll through the streets showing off their Spring finery. The Easter bonnet became very popular during this period. And – it would have been impossible […]