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 [...]

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 [...]

Halloween Greetings Contest 2017 – Win a $100 Gift Certificate

By | October 28th, 2017|Halloween, Uncategorized, Victorian Era Celebrations|

We have another contest for you! We're calling it the "Halloween Greetings Contest 2017." To participate, find the words and recreate the greeting. Once you think you have the greeting, you may enter through the comments section of this post (all are moderated and will not be shown). You may also email it to us using [...]

Valentine’s Day 2017 Crossword Game Winners!

By | February 15th, 2017|Holidays, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

We have our winners! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Valentine's Day 2017 Crossword Game. We had a lot of fun interacting with the players and what players you are! The grand prize winner of a $50 gift certificate is Grace W. of MN. She was about seven minutes ahead of Anna W. of Sauk [...]

Valentine’s Day 2017 Crossword Game Clues Day Four

By | February 12th, 2017|Holidays, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Welcome to day four of our Valentine's Day 2017 Crossword Game. It's a crossword without clues. Instead, we are giving you two letters to start you off. Each day we'll add more letters until someone submits all of the correct words. Think of it like one of the games they play on Wheel of Fortune. [...]

Valentine’s Day 2017 Crossword Game Clues Day Three

By | February 11th, 2017|Fashion Eras, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Welcome to day three of our Valentine's Day 2017 Crossword Game. It's a crossword without clues. Instead, we are giving you two letters to start you off. Each day we'll add more letters until someone submits all of the correct words. Think of it like one of the games they play on Wheel of Fortune. [...]