Recollections’ “Sharp Objects” Debut

By | June 9th, 2017|Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

What do you do when Hollywood comes knocking on your door? You answer the call of Sharp Objects! Sharp Objects is the new eight-episode HBO series that went into production in May. It is based on the 2006 debut novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).  The series stars Amy Adams (Arrival) as Camille Parker, a reporter [...]

Cape May, NJ – Victorian Seaside Homes

By | May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Since we’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer, let’s look Cape May, New Jersey, a favorite East Coast destination that is steeped in Victorian history and architecture. Cape May is located at the southern tip of New Jersey. The peninsula in which it is located sits where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It [...]

Victorian Women as Michigan’s Lighthouse Keepers

By | May 16th, 2017|Civil War, Edwardian Era, Victorian Era|

Accidental research can lead to unexpected places. We know you love history and the clothing women wore during the last two hundred years or so. Inspired by a photo of our models at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, the curiosity light bulb lit up with the question “how many women served as lighthouse keepers during [...]

Spring Lake, NJ – Victorian time capsule

By | April 8th, 2017|New Jersey, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Spring Lake isn’t what most consider when thinking of the ‘Jersey Shore’ and with good reason. One county north of the hullaballoo of Seaside Heights lies Monmouth County and in the southeastern section is the borough of Spring Lake. It is much like a time capsule of the Victorian era. The New Jersey Leisure Guide [...]

The Rookery – Chicago’s Shiny Gem

By | March 25th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

The Rookery is one of the most historically significant buildings in Chicago. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1972. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Burnham and Root. It was completed in 1888, during the building boom following the Great Chicago Fire. [...]

Madam C.J. Walker – entrepreneur, self-made-millionaire, philanthropist, activist

By | February 22nd, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Victorian Era|

We’re always looking for interesting stories about the women and fashions of the historic eras that inspire our designs. Today we look at a female entrepreneur and someone whose name lives on in hair care to this day, Oh, and she was among the first women in the United States to become a self-made millionaire! [...]

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 Six

By | February 14th, 2017|Fashion Eras, Holidays, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Welcome to day six of our Valentine's Day 2017 Crossword Game. It's a crossword without clues. We started with two letters. Each day we've been adding more letters. Today we are adding four letters to the puzzle. We'll keep adding letters until someone submits all of the correct words. Think of it like one of [...]

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. [...]

Valentine’s Day 2017 Crossword Game Clues Day 2

By | February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|

Welcome to day two 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. [...]