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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 [...]

1920: Top 5 Changes that started the Decade of Change

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

A lot was happening in America 100 years ago, perhaps as much as there is now. The 1920s were an exciting time to be alive and remain a popular topic of interest and time from fashion history. Here are the top five changes in chronological order that started off the Decade of Change, the Roaring [...]

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 [...]

The Perkins House in Colfax, Washington – Bringing the Past to the Present With Love

By | November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Victorian Era|Tags: , , |

Theresa looked forward to attending the Colfax Annual Ice Cream Social with her grandmother each year. It was an opportunity for her to participate in this sweet treasured tradition, and it was held at the 1886 Victorian home known as the Perkins House. Theresa Fitzerald-Dale loved history and things of old since she was a [...]

The Tournament of Roses Parade (Rose Parade)

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Destinations, Entertainment, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

The Origins of the Tournament of Roses Parade What do you do when the “flowers are blooming and the oranges are about to bear” and it’s cold and snowy in Chicago and New York? Well, if it is 1890 in southern California, you have a “festival to tell the world about your paradise!” – Charles [...]

Dickens Fairs

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Christmas, Entertainment, Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

If it’s November, it’s time for Dickens fairs! These mid-Victorian London-inspired events pay homage to 19th century author Charles Dickens and the wonderful characters he created. The fairs are popular throughout England and the USA. Each one has its own signature, but all embody the spirit of the time. Here are a few Dickens Fairs [...]

The 1920s Woman – Flapper and beyond

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , , , |

See part one of The 1920s Woman The Flappers emerged onto the American scene in the Roaring 20s and will forever be associated with freedom and fun. The term ‘flapper’ has roots in post-World War I Great Britain. Originally, it referred to “a young girl, still somewhat awkward in movement and who had not yet [...]

The 1920s woman – a Flapper and so much more!

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s|Tags: , , |

When we think of the fashion and attitude of the 1920s woman, the Flapper is what comes most to mind. But, is that all there was to a decade that defined a generation? Come with us on a journey through the 1920s. Let’s explore the fashions and the defining moments that lead to the changes [...]