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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dressing for Your Dickens Event

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Featured photo: Rochester Dickens Festival 2017 What Dickens event are you going to? Whether you are participating in a Dickens Fair, are part of a Victorian caroling group, or are part of a Dickens production, such as A Christmas Carol, it’s important for a lady to know how to dress the part! We’re here to wrap [...]

10 Best Victorian Mother of the Bride Dresses

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

Our team researched and compiled a list of the 10 best Victorian dresses for the mother of the bride for you. Here are our thoughts. Weddings are a joyous time of love, celebration, family, and decisions. When it comes to weddings it seems that the bride is thrown into a whole new world of decision-making. [...]

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 [...]

Cape May, NJ – Victorian Seaside Homes

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

Since we’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer, let’s look Cape May, New Jersey, a favorite East Coast destination that is steeped in Victorian history and architecture. Cape May is located at the southern tip of New Jersey. The peninsula in which it is located sits where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It [...]