History of Christmas Trees

By | December 15th, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

Evergreen trees decorated with lights, garland, and ornaments have become a staple in most households that celebrate Christmas, however,  these trees haven’t always been a symbol of the upcoming holiday. Since evergreen trees stayed green throughout the cold months, they have long been revered. Ancient Egyptians worshipped the god Ra and believed that Ra grew [...]

Fezziwig Balls

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Christmas, Holidays, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

The start of December brings the season of Fezziwig Balls, like the one The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers hosts each year. The night is filled with 19th century carols, refreshments, and dancing as guests step back in time. Fezziwig Balls are named after Mr. Fezziwig, the employer of A Christmas Carol’s Ebenezer Scrooge when he was [...]

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), [...]

Halloween Happenings 2018

By | September 14th, 2018|Categories: Halloween, Holidays, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! Here are some of the Halloween happenings in a few of the larger cities in the USA. We'll add more and are interested in hearing from you about your favorite Halloween happenings. Comment with the name of the event, the date(s), location, and a link and we'll add [...]

Labor Day in the USA – the workers’ holiday

By | September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Edwardian Era, Holidays, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

The Industrial Revolution brought many and lasting changes to the labor force. We moved from a mostly agricultural society to one dominated by mechanization. Men, women, and children as young as five worked long hours in often dangerous conditions. It wasn’t unusual for people to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week for [...]

Lydia Darragh, a Revolutionary Patriot: The First American Female Spy

By | July 4th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Revolutionary War era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

According to Revolutionary War History Buffs, Lydia Darragh was a heroine who saved many lives just prior to Christmas 1777. How did she do it? Lydia Barrington was born in 1728 in Dublin, Ireland. She married William Darragh, the son of a Quaker clergyman, in 1752, at the age of 24. Three years later, they [...]

Mother’s Day 2018

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Holidays|Tags: , , , |

 Mother's Day is one of our favorite holidays. It is the day we honor our moms and everyone who has been like a mom to us. We thank everyone who took the time to share their stories and photos with us. Please take the time to read about these amazing women! Grand Prize: Glory Grace [...]

Take a Victorian Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

While visiting the Tampa Bay area of Florida last week, I was able to take in the first day of the Victorian Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa. It was a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas holiday season! The Henry B. Plant Museum started out as the [...]