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Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Asthma

Asthma is a common enough problem in the US. It affects roughly 7-8% of people worldwide, though in the developed world at least, it doesn't trigger much concern. Many children are diagnosed with it and then outgrow their symptoms. But statistics show that asthma cases have been steadily rising since the 1960s, likely due to… Continue reading Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Asthma

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The Dark History of Contraception

The far right-wing history of contraception might shock a few of you. I know it surprised me when I started working on this post.  Originally, I was just curious. I wanted to know when condoms were invented, and what methods were used prior to the invention of the rubber condom.  What I found was a… Continue reading The Dark History of Contraception

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A Brief History of Contraception

For as long as human beings have been having sex, they've also been searching for ways to prevent pregnancy. You might think this is morally wrong. And that's fine. If you choose not to use it, that's okay. But all over the world there are people who do use it for a variety of reasons.… Continue reading A Brief History of Contraception

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Columbus and Prohibition

As someone who lived in Ohio their entire life (until recently, anyway), and spent the bulk of their adulthood in the capital city, I can tell you that Columbus is a study in contradictions. It's a city that prides itself in, well, Pride, having one of the largest Stonewall parades in the country, but it's… Continue reading Columbus and Prohibition

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Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Influenza

I am not the only one who has been drawing parallels between Covid-19 and our current crisis and the 1918 influenza pandemic. So, for those curious, I thought I would talk about some of the similarities and differences, as well as how the flu was treated prior to 1918. If, like so many, discussions of… Continue reading Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Influenza

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Victorian Hairstyles (with tutorials!)

Thank you to @TheModernDayVictorian on Instagram for inspiring this post. Here on the blog, I've talked a lot about late Victorian fashion, but I haven't talked very much about hair and makeup. I will be the first to admit that I am super awkward when it comes to doing hair and makeup, which is why… Continue reading Victorian Hairstyles (with tutorials!)

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Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Anemia

Feeling tired? Run down? Memory problems? Muscle aches and weakness? You might have anemia and not know it. There a many different forms of anemia, so I won't be able to delve into all of them here, but basically anemia is a shortage of red blood cells. This can have many causes from outside factors… Continue reading Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Anemia

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La Maupin

Author's note: For the following biography, I found that most sources were very redundant, possibly because so little information about the subject can be confirmed. I found the link below by Kelly Gardiner to be the most complete, so if you enjoy this post, I encourage you to visit her site and check out her… Continue reading La Maupin

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Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Rh Factor

You may remember an embarrassingly long time ago, I took a poll on Twitter to see what you guys wanted to be the subject of my next WtKM1800s post to be. The winner was Rh factor. I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to get to this point, but here we are at last.… Continue reading Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Rh Factor

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Alexandra of Denmark, What Might Have Been

If you missed my last entry on Alexandra of Denmark, take this chance to brush up on the background info from that post. I'll wait. The Victorian era wasn't a great time to be disabled. Frequently people with disabilities were hidden from sight, sent to sanitariums or locked in attic rooms (more on that here).… Continue reading Alexandra of Denmark, What Might Have Been