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 [...]

Clara Schumann in a World of Sound

By | January 24th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Recollections, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Clara Schumann's early life Clara Schumann (born Wieck) was born on September 13, 1819 in Leipzig, Germany. Her father, Friedrich, was a musician. He taught piano, started a lending library, and opened a shop where he sold musical instruments. Friedrich Wieck was a well-respected music teacher. His students included his future wife and mother of [...]

Princess Louise and her Clandestine Cigarettes

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Edwardian Era, Recollections, Victorian Era|Tags: , , |

Recently released documents give us a glimpse into royal, rebellious life of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Louise. Princess Louise’s Unpaid Cigarette Bill Princess Louise, Duchess of Argylle, 1861 Princess Louise, later known as the Duchess of Argyle, was born in 1848 to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She was not known for being the perfect picture [...]

Time Flies: A History of Time Zones & Daylight Saving Time

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Recollections, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

It has become the norm that when we travel from state to state we must factor in time zone changes and that there is a Sunday in the spring and in the fall when we change our clocks for Daylight Saving Time, but time has not always been this way. The Concept of Time Before [...]

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 [...]

Caption This! Christmas in July 2018

By | July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Edwardian Era, Recollections, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

Caption this! Christmas in July 2018 and win $50 We continue celebrating Christmas in July 2018 with this caption contest. Extra points for using Victorian vernacular! Your caption can be funny, thoughtful, or even a poem. It doesn't have to be related to Christmas. Our panel of judges will choose from the entries to determine [...]