history

The Baroness of Flight

On August 22, 1882 in Paris, one of my favorite figures from history was born: Élise Léontine LaRoche. Élise was solidly middle class, the daughter of a plumber. This perhaps explains her interest in all things mechanical from an early age. She loved motorcycles, cars, and eventually started flying hot air balloons before taking up… Continue reading The Baroness of Flight

books, history

Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Strep Throat

I don't know about the rest of you, but strep throat was the bane of my existence in middle school. I think I caught it 4 times in sixth grade, and there was talk of having my tonsils removed. But what is strep? What causes it and how dangerous is it if untreated? The Disease… Continue reading Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Strep Throat

sewing

Failures and Starting Again

Some of you might remember a project I posted about a while back, a set of summery Victorian undergarments I was hand sewing and planned to make hand knit/crocheted lace for. I wanted to start on the lace, so I went back to that project, only to discover I hadn't finished assembling the chemise. I… Continue reading Failures and Starting Again

history

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

history

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

books, history

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

history

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!)

books

Podcast interview!

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Dianna Gunn for the Spoonie Authors Podcast. You can watch it on Youtube now, or follow this link for a transcript or audio-only download. We chat about disability, chronic illness, historical research, and weird stuff authors do (mostly weird stuff I do). Check it out! Like… Continue reading Podcast interview!

history

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

sewing

Let the Insanity Begin

Clearly, I should not be allowed to watch Youtube. It always gives me horrible, wonderful ideas. After watching series from Bernadette Banner, and this series from Engineering Knits, I decided to take a stab at making my own Victorian undergarments: chemise, drawers, petticoat, stockings, and skeleton corset. By hand. No machine. With hand knitted/crocheted trim and… Continue reading Let the Insanity Begin