Death by Crinoline?

2021-01-26T12:53:28-07:00

One of the outlandish things that women in the Victorian era did was to adapt the cage crinoline as a way to achieve the sought after full skirt. Made of wood, steel, or horsehair, the crinoline was a stiff underskirt that made a woman’s skirt a force to be reckoned with. While women reveled in [...]

Death by Crinoline?2021-01-26T12:53:28-07:00

Margaret’s Christmases Through the Years

2020-12-27T15:30:16-07:00

Christmas in Hannibal, Missouri-Margaret’s Childhood Margaret Tobin (later Brown) celebrated her very first Christmas in Hannibal, Missouri. She was born in 1867, just after the Civil War, to hard working Irish immigrants John and Johanna Tobin. When Margaret was three years old, Christmas became a United States holiday. Christmas trees became popular in England and [...]

Margaret’s Christmases Through the Years2020-12-27T15:30:16-07:00

How the Brown’s Spent Thanksgiving

2020-11-24T15:46:00-07:00

Giving thanks for a special event, for home and for family has a long tradition in the cultures across the world, but the American idea and tradition of Thanksgiving Day for Margaret Brown’s family and for many of us has evolved from simple proclamations of thanksgiving to God to an event centered around the home, [...]

How the Brown’s Spent Thanksgiving2020-11-24T15:46:00-07:00

Curiosities, Oddities, and Collecting

2020-10-29T18:10:08-06:00

Victorians were curious people interested in nature, the sciences, anatomy, botany, and morbidity. For upper-class citizens, collecting scientific objects showed that they were sophisticated and educated. The Victorians were interested, some even to the point of obsession, in beauty, death, and finding rare items that were visually appealing. Some collections were so extensive that they [...]

Curiosities, Oddities, and Collecting2020-10-29T18:10:08-06:00

The Hidden Language of Flowers

2020-02-16T15:40:42-07:00

Anyone who has ever received a rose knows that the giver is likely expressing a feeling of love toward the recipient. The idea that flowers can represent different feelings and emotions is nothing new and can be traced back as far as the ancient Egyptians. Flowers were used in religious ceremonies and festivals, found in [...]

The Hidden Language of Flowers2020-02-16T15:40:42-07:00

Who Brings Our Gifts?

2019-12-15T11:20:15-07:00

In the United States, Europe, and many other parts of the globe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas bring gifts to all the good children on Christmas Eve. The book, T’was Night Before Christmas, was written by Clement Clark Moore in 1823. This was the first time St. Nick appeared in America in a [...]

Who Brings Our Gifts?2019-12-15T11:20:15-07:00

The Language of Flirtation

2019-05-13T15:35:32-06:00

In Henry J. Wheman’s how-to guide The Mystery of Love, Courtship and Marriage Explained, advice on various activities are presented for men and women alike such as “Pet names,” “Wooing,” “How a lady should manage her Beau to make him propose Marriage,” “Twenty Ways of Popping the Question,” “The Etiquette of Engagement,” “General Remarks to [...]

The Language of Flirtation2019-05-13T15:35:32-06:00
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