Four classic fashion icons and the history of the ponytail

By | July 28th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

I have always associated ponytails with summer. I had my hair done every day growing up and my mom tended to put me in ponytails more often than not during the warmer months (or shall I say, hotter, as I am from Arizona). As someone who is well-versed in 19th-century fashion, I am aware that [...]

Victorians and plaid

By | June 30th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

It is an example of one of those things you don’t notice until someone points it out to you, and then you see it everywhere. The wonderful founder of Recollections recently suggested that a post on Victorians and plaid may make for a fun read. I had never really thought about it before, but when [...]

Recollections Team and Friends Start Witches Weekend Tradition

By | October 26th, 2020|Categories: Recollections, Uncategorized|

Although it is a very unusual pandemic Halloween, members of the Recollections team and some friends were able to start a new tradition this year. A very witchy group attended the Witches Weekend in historic Houghton Lake, Michigan. They had a blast and were able to showcase their costume skills so we thought it would [...]

Victorian calling cards

By | September 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

"To the unrefined or unbred, the visiting card is but a trifling and insignificant bit of paper; but to the cultured disciple of social law, it conveys a subtle and unmistakable intelligence. Its texture, style of engraving, and even the hour of leaving it combine to place the stranger, whose name it bears, in a [...]

Three pioneering women’s outdoor clubs that broke all the rules

By | May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. While 2020 might not include family reunions, street festivals, and out of state vacations, there is still the opportunity to get out safely and enjoy nature. My own COVID-19 schedule includes daily walks in my Denver neighborhood with various exercise routines at a local park. As I [...]

Romance in the post-war years: Episode 3 of A Very British Romance

By | March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

I was sad to see the final episode of the BBC’s charming docuseries, A Very British Romance, come to an end with its third episode. I am also a buzz with all of the fun things that I learned about the world of romance and courtship as we know it today, and how some of [...]

Fisher Girls – the Edwardian ideal of feminine beauty

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” during the first quarter of the 20th century. Who was Harrison Fisher? Harrison Fisher was born to be an artist. His father, Hugo Antoine [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]