Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

By | December 6th, 2017|Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

When Thomas Nast (1840-1902) died, he was eulogized as the “Father of American Political Cartoon” by the New York Times. He spent thirty years between 1857 and 1887 as an illustrator and cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly. But, political cartoons were not his only claim to fame. Between 1863 and 1886, Thomas Nast drew 33 Christmas [...]

Take a Victorian Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum

By | December 5th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

While visiting the Tampa Bay area of Florida last week, I was able to take in the first day of the Victorian Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa. It was a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas holiday season! The Henry B. Plant Museum started out as the [...]

“Little Women” Inspires Women Today

By | December 1st, 2017|Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

We recently sponsored a contest in which we honored Louisa May Alcott's sister characters from "Little Women" by asking our newsletter subscribers to tell us which of the March sisters inspires them most.  Although we didn't ask for more than a name, the impact of the author's story and characters in this novel was more [...]

Advent and Johann Hinrich Wichern

By | November 26th, 2017|Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

The Advent wreath wasn’t invented by the Victorians, but its modernization came about during the period and its place among Christian traditions was solidified during the era. We have Johann Hinrich Wichern to thank for the Advent wreath we recognize today.  So, who was this man? Johann Hinrich Wichern was born on April 21, 1808, [...]

Caption This! Thanksgiving 2017

By | November 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Thanks for playing our Thanksgiving 'Caption This!' Contest. Congratulations to all of the winners! The judges had a hard time making a decision. So many good submissions were sent in! Read the winning entries below. We compiled nine vintage Thanksgiving greetings the 'Caption This!' Thanksgiving 2017 contest. We're looking for interesting captions in the Victorian [...]

Thanksgiving Crossword 2017

By | November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Welcome to the final day of our Thanksgiving Crossword 2017. Today, we reveal the consonant M (we have to leave a little challenge!). There are no letters J, X, or Z in the puzzle. So how do you play and what do you win? We're running the contest November 21 - 27, midnight Pacific Time. Check this [...]

Over the River and Through the Wood with Lydia Maria Child

By | November 19th, 2017|Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Who was Lydia Maria Child? Why should we know her name? Lydia was born Lydia Maria Francis on February 11, 1802, in Medford Massachusetts. She was a teacher. She taught school until 1828 when she married David Lee Child, a Boston lawyer. While living with her brother, she met Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodore Parker, and [...]

Helen Allingham, acclaimed Victorian commercial artist and water colorist

By | November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Helen Allingham was born Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson on September 26, 1848, in Derbyshire, England. She was a commercial graphic artist and an acclaimed watercolorist. Her maternal grandmother, Sarah Smith Herford, and aunt, Laura Herford, were well-respected artists of their day. It’s no wonder that Helen and her younger sister, Caroline Paterson, became accomplished artists. [...]

The Covered Wagon: shaper of American history

By | November 4th, 2017|Fashion Eras, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Uncategorized|

From the horse carts of the ancient Celts, the carriages of the ancient Chinese, and the chariots of the Mesopotamians, humans have been using animals and wheeled vehicles as transportation for millennia. It was the mode of transportation responsible for shaping American history. Without the covered wagon westward expansion would have been much harder. The [...]

Halloween Candy Counting Contest 2017

By | October 30th, 2017|Halloween, Uncategorized|

Welcome to our Halloween Candy Counting Contest 2017! Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand and we know how much you enjoy this kind of contest so it is a natural fit.  The contest starts on October 30th and ends on Wednesday, November 1st at midnight Pacific Time. Winners will be notified by on Thursday, November 2nd. [...]