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, [...]

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. [...]

Sleeping Bear Inn: Victorian Charm on Lake Michigan

By | October 23rd, 2017|Destinations, Fashion Eras, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|

Once a year, my husband and I head out on an anniversary adventure. This year we visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan but had no idea our travels would take us to the Sleeping Bear Inn. After climbing the Empire Bluff, we headed to Glen Haven to visit the [...]

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 [...]