Category Archives: Victorian Life

Victorian Halloween Traditions – Now That’s Scary!

Nineteenth century Victorians had some very strange, to our eyes, norms. They included unusual occupations,  such as leech collectors, and peculiar and, in many cases poisonous, beauty rituals, including cosmetics containing arsenic, for one. Their style of architecture with its myriad hidden creaky staircases, turrets, secret rooms, underground tunnels and dark corners certainly mirrored our […]

A Victorian 4th of July!

Forty one percent of Americans polled did not know why we celebrate the Fourth of July. Most thought that Americans were celebrating America’s birthday. Close – but not exactly. On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and formed a committee to draft a document that would effectively sever the colonies’ ties […]

The Ghost of Christmas Past – A Victorian Christmas

No era has influenced the way we celebrate Christmas as much as the Victorian era. Before the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837, Christmas was largely unheard of. One of the most significant cultural shifts within the Victorian period was the introduction of the holiday season, which occurred as a result of the Industrial […]