Jane Peterson, American Impressionist

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Jane Peterson was a centennial baby. She was born on November 28, 1876, in Elgin, Illinois. Her parents were an Elgin Watch Company employee and a homemaker. They named her Jennie Christine. Little did they know that their baby would grow up to be considered one of the most prolific and brilliant impressionist painters of [...]

Veterans Day and World War I

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

If you look at an old American calendar from the late 1930s or early 40s, you will see November 11 marked as Armistice Day, not Veterans Day. Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 to mark the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of [...]

Everyday People at the Dawn of Cinema

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Oh, what fun it is to sit down with a good period drama. Downton Abbey, Somewhere in Time, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly, Anna Karenina, etc. all provide glimpses into what was worn during their respective time periods. But, what about contemporary cinema of the day? When film was a new medium, many contemporary movies [...]

Recollections Connection: Jennifer Adkins, Photographer

By | September 17th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

When Recollections needed a photographer a few years ago, Jennifer Adkins heeded the call. We sat down for a chat recently to find out more about her, her photography, and her Recollections connection. Us: How did you become Recollections' photographer? Jen: It was three years ago in November, Marianne had a (photo shoot) set up [...]

5 Movie Favorites that Span the Edwardian Era

By | September 13th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Entertainment, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How do costumers do it? It has to be hard enough to design for a production that spans a short period of time let alone one that spans multiple eras. Here are a few favorite movies that show the evolution of fashion through the Edwardian era.  Other fashion eras are highlighted, too. It is fascinating to [...]

La Belle Époque – the Beautiful Era

By | September 6th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , |

La Belle Époque comes from French and means 'Beautiful Era.' In the United Kingdom and the United States, it overlaps the late Victorian and the Edwardian Era. In the United States, it is known as the Gilded Age. It was only in looking back in retrospect that this time period gained its name. The hardships [...]

Presque Isle County, Michigan: a Photographic Step Back in Time

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What a joy it is to live, work, and play in our little slice of northern Michigan. Presque Isle County is a four-season wonderland. Yes, it gets very cold and snowy during winter, but that makes summer all the more glorious! As we close out the summer of 2016 , we'd like to share a little [...]

Halloween Inspiration 2016: 9 Ideas Just for You

By | August 27th, 2016|Categories: Another Period, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So, you're thinking about what to be for Halloween, too? Which character do you want to be? Who do you want to create? Looking for inspiration? Here are some ideas. Downton Abbey – Take your pick of fashions between 1912 and 1925 and your favorite character and 'voila!' Downton Abbey lives again. This masterpiece continues [...]

8 Delicious Tidbits About Halloween

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Holidays, Old West, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , |

There still may be a bit of summer left on the calendar, but soon the leaves will be changing color and autumn will be in the air. When that happens, all of our thoughts will turn to... Halloween! Here are some interesting tidbits about one of our favorite holidays that I found at the History [...]