Colleen Moore: The torch of Flaming Youth

By | January 16th, 2020|Categories: 1920s fashion, Recollections, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“I was the spark that lit up Flaming Youth, Colleen Moore was the torch. What little things we are to have caused all that trouble” F. Scott Fitzgerald in Motion Picture Magazine Flaming Youth was not only the title of a Colleen Moore silent film, but also the name bestowed upon those young people who [...]

5 facts about Margaret Tobin Brown (aka The Unsinkable Molly Brown)

By | January 14th, 2020|Categories: Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Earlier this year I moved to Denver, Colorado after living for several years overseas. Having always dreamt about becoming a docent at a house museum (yes, my goals are that specific), one of the first things I did was sign up to volunteer at the Molly Brown House Museum, located, luckily, a few blocks away [...]

Staying warm in the Victorian winter

By | January 14th, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

A few weeks ago I bought my first pair of snow boots and cannot believe the difference that they have made in my overall comfort this winter. I have recently moved to snowy Denver after five years in Australia and had to accept that my Converse Allstars aren’t really the best for walking around icy [...]

5 history podcasts to help you get your fix now: Part 2

By | January 5th, 2020|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Welcome back to another list of history podcasts! If you haven’t checked it out already, head over to my first list to see what I recommend for all of your listening needs. If you are even the slightest bit like me, you will soon find that you won’t have enough time to listen to all [...]

The rise and fall of the bustle: a short history

By | January 5th, 2020|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Underpinnings, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

A lot of interest has recently been given by clothing historians to the subject of women’s underclothes through time. It is, after all, something that we can all relate to, right? Maybe not. When one looks at the bustle, crinoline, and even whalebone corsets, for instance, we are truly looking at cultural artifacts from the [...]

1920: Top 5 Changes that started the Decade of Change

By | December 30th, 2019|Categories: Recollections, Roaring 20s, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The ‘20s are upon us once more! As we welcome 2020, let’s look back on what life was like 100 years ago in the United States. Here are the top five changes in chronological order that started off the Decade of Change, the Roaring ‘20s. #1 The Great Migration Between 1916 and the start of [...]

5 history podcasts to help you get your fix now: Part 1

By | December 20th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Women's History|

The entire world is listening to podcasts these days, aren’t they? Because I enjoy outdoor fitness so much and because my favorite subject is history, I have been excited to find so many history-related podcasts out there, and all for free with my Spotify subscription. Things have flipped for me now and instead of making [...]

Star of the Show: An Interview with Mrs. Claus

By | December 14th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

By Janice Formichella When the Recollections team heard from a customer how thrilled she was with her new blouse and that it was the perfect touch for her Mrs. Claus portrayal, we just had to learn more. We were intrigued when we learned that Mrs. Claus is the star of the show for the entire [...]

The Story of the Christmas Carol

By | December 7th, 2019|Categories: Entertainment, Recollections, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , |

Is it surprising that the carol is thousands of years old? The first carols were not related to Christmas, however. Carols, or circle dances of praise and joy, were originally associated with pagan celebrations throughout the four seasons. With the advent of Christianity, winter solstice celebrations took on a more singular religious meaning. One of [...]