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

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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

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

history

The Last Witch Trial in America

Normally when you think of witch trials in the United States, the first thing that comes to mind is the Salem trials of 1692. But did you know Salem had another trial nearly two hundred years later? In 1878, Lucretia Brown accused Daniel Spofford of using mesmerism on her. Both Brown and Spofford were members… Continue reading The Last Witch Trial in America

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The Creepiest Dolls in History

I've said it before, and I will say it again: The Victorians were weird. They had some crazy traditions, from medically prescribed vibrators to electric corsets, but probably the most well known of their weird ideas is their obsession with death. Entire books have been written about death and mourning culture in the 19th century, and… Continue reading The Creepiest Dolls in History

ohio village

What’s in my bag: 1890s

It's that time of year. Time to break out the corset, pin up my hair, and go about in my best Gibson Girl style (which, admittedly, isn't very good. I've never been able to master that updo). Opening day at the village is tomorrow, and it's time to sort through my basket. I thought I'd… Continue reading What’s in my bag: 1890s

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Dressed to Kill, Part III: Conclusions

You can find parts one and two in the series here. While my search into the history of arsenic dyes did not dredge up any stories of mysterious Medici deaths-by-ball-gown, I did pull up a few interesting tidbits on historical and mythological poisoned garments. Perhaps the earliest cases come from the Greeks, and the story… Continue reading Dressed to Kill, Part III: Conclusions

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Dressed to Kill, Part II: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Read the first part of this series here. Between 1837 and 1839, more than 500 people died of accidental arsenic poisoning in England, and a look at a Victorian household is enough to make one wonder why that number wasn't significantly higher, with household manuals of the time recommending various combinations of flour, oatmeal, or… Continue reading Dressed to Kill, Part II: Drop Dead Gorgeous