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 [...]

Romantic Inspiration

By | January 6th, 2018|Categories: Civil War, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We love our customers! We often hear how our clothing enhances the lives of our customers. Many are hopeless romantics who relate how they feel beautiful, filled with romance in their hearts. “I feel so romantic," 'I feel like a princess,” and “I feel like royalty,” are some of the phrases they use. We’re so [...]

“Little Women” Inspires Women Today

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Civil War, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Recollections’ “Sharp Objects” Debut

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

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 [...]

Beyond Little Women; 8 Tidbits about Louisa May Alcott

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

November 29, 2016 marks Louisa May Alcott’s 184th birthday (1832). Today, she is best remembered for her book, Little Women. Here are some interesting tidbits you might not have known. Louisa May Alcott started publishing poems, short stories, thrillers, and juvenile tales in 1851 under the pen name Flora Fairfield. She also wrote under the [...]

Thanksgiving and the American Civil War

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

Thanksgiving is probably nearly as old as mankind. From the time we started cultivating crops, farmers have been grateful for the sun, rain, and a good harvest. Its roots can be seen in the harvest feasts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It also is similar to Sukkot, the ancient Jewish harvest festival. Long [...]

Victoria Woodhull; First Woman to Run for President of the United States

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Victoria Claflin Woodhull was born on September 23, 1838, the seventh of 10 children born to Roxanna ‘Roxy’ Hummel Claflin and Reuben ‘Old Buck’ Buckman Claflin. Her mother was illegitimate and illiterate. Her father was a con man and snake oil salesman. The family lived in rural Homer, Licking County, Ohio. Life was not easy [...]

Women in the Civil War

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Nothing challenged Victorian ideology in the United States more than the Civil War. Women living during Antebellum America were the epitome of domesticity. The industrial revolution changed the way men worked. Men increasingly spent their work time away from home, moving into factories, offices, and shops. In what historians call ‘the Cult of True Womanhood,’ [...]

Victorian Summer Camp for Kids

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Experience Life in the 19th Century at Camp this Summer Did you attend summer camp? What do you think of when you think 'summer camp?' Is it running around outdoors, getting dirty, maybe do some swimming, a few crafts, and maybe a stream hike or two? That was part of my childhood experience, but perhaps [...]