About Donna Klein

I am a marketing consultant and the marketing director for Recollections, a historic fashion design house in Hawks, Michigan. I write blogs under my name and Recollections. I've always loved history. Now I have an opportunity to write about it and the fashions that defined different historical eras.

Gates Pass and Saguaro National Park

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Old West, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

After mentioning my mission to experience the history of the area, my cousin took me on an adventure filled with history. Our day included Gates Pass and the Saguaro National Park where we would learn more about the prickly pear than ever thought possible. We also visited the Signal Hill Petroglyphs. Gates Pass As we [...]

Visiting Mission San Xavier del Bac

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Civil War, Recollections, Regency Era, Revolutionary War era, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , |

As a company that designs and manufactures history-inspired fashions, we and our customers are inspired by history! Here is another story from Recollections' recent trip to Tucson, Arizona. San Xavier: a step back in time just outside of Tucson The day dawned bright and sunny. It was a definite (and welcome) change from the cold [...]

Tombstone, Arizona: Capsule of the American Old West

By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: Old West, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

Join Recollections on a trip to Tombstone, Arizona. Experience the Old West as we enjoy this day trip.

Caption This! Valentine Caption Contest 2019

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Contests and Games, Recollections|Tags: , , , |

The Fisher Girls edition This time around, our caption contest presented a selection of Harrison Fisher's romantic illustrations from the first quarter of the 20th century. Thanks for playing! The winning captions are below. Click on the image to see all captions submitted. The winning captions! #1 - Hearts in the Sand“And this, my dearest, [...]

Fisher Girls – lithe, lovely, and independent

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Recollections, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

First, Charles Dana Gibson brought us the Gibson Girl. Then, after Gibson's retirement from illustrating, Harrison Fisher arrived on the scene. His Fisher Girl “redefined the American ideal of feminine beauty” (Harrison Fisher and the American Beauty) during the first quarter of the 20th century. Who was Harrison Fisher? Harrison Fisher was born to be [...]

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein at 200

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Regency Era|Tags: , , , , |

Two-hundred years ago, in 1818, Mary Shelley first published Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley was the daughter of the feminist author, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the philosopher, William Godwin.   At fifteen, she fell in love with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was married and had two children at the time. [...]

Halloween 2018 Photo Contest

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Customer's Fashions, Halloween|Tags: , , |

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who entered the Halloween 2018 Photo Contest. You are the best! And the winner is... The Grand Prize Winner of $250 to spend on our website is  #17 Joan M., Auburn, CA. The panel of judges thought her photo best embodied the spirit of Halloween. Runners-up ($50 [...]

Halloween 2018 Caption This! Photo Contest

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Fashion, Halloween, Holidays|Tags: , , , , |

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! The judges chose the winner for each photo. You'll find the winning captions below. Please visit Recollections for history-inspired fashions for women. We design and manufacture in the USA. Our garments come in American sizes XS-XXXXL. Fashions include the late 1700s, 1800s (Victorian, Civil War, Old West), [...]

150 Years of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Civil War, Entertainment, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

It’s been 150 years since Louisa May Alcott introduced us to the March family in Little Women and we can’t seem to get enough of the story and the characters who inhabit it. Is it because of the diverse personalities of the March siblings? Our readers have strong opinions on who is their favorite and how the [...]