The Victorian home workout

By | June 19th, 2021|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , |

Home workouts had a surge in popularity last year as so many people struggled to deal with staying in place, gyms being closed, having extra time on their hands, and setting goals to help with the monotony. I myself enjoyed many YouTube videos, a lot of yoga, a lot of extra walks, and some new [...]

The history of the suntan: Victorian era to Flapper era

By | June 17th, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Summer is here and it is sure to be the best many of us have ever had. It will certainly be a lot more carefree than last year, and that means a lot of time outdoors with loved ones. Last summer I did a fun series on the history of beach culture in America and [...]

The early history of mail-order catalogs

By | June 11th, 2021|Categories: Fashion, Old West, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , |

You might think that you can purchase any and all things you might be able to think of through your Amazon Prime app. A hundred a fifty years ago this is what people were thinking as they turned the pages of the recent Sears catalog. But instead of a few taps, sought-after items were requested [...]

Lillian Smith: Buffalo Bill’s other female sharpshooter

By | May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Another Period, Entertainment, Old West, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , |

The long-awaited summer has me thinking about trips to Golden, CO, exploring new mountain towns, and being outdoors. And because of my other interests, it got me thinking about Wild West shows, especially that of Buffalo Bill, given that his museum and grave are in nearby Golden. As a performer, what he accomplished was impressive. [...]

Victorian spring cleaning tips and tricks

By | April 21st, 2021|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Last weekend I picked up the April copy of Real Simple. The theme for the issue is naturally, spring cleaning. It got me thinking about how this tradition has been around for so long and wondering how much I could find in Victorian household manuals on the topic. I am also striving to use more [...]

Victorian and Edwardian Neckwear

By | April 13th, 2021|Categories: Accessories, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|

How many pieces of detachable neckwear do you own? Easy answer, right? Well, in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, both women and men may have owned as much neckwear as we own earrings or hats today. In an era where clothing was largely handmade and held onto for years, neckwear was a great way to [...]

100 years of women's hairstyles: 1830-1930

By | March 19th, 2021|Categories: 1920s fashion, Fashion, Roaring 20s, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|

We are in an era of “do what you want” when it comes to women’s hair. I think that it is just as common to see a woman wearing a full up-do or otherwise styled hair as it is to see one with a ponytail and no prep at all. But it certainly wasn’t always [...]

The map of a woman's heart

By | February 12th, 2021|Categories: Victorian Era|Tags: |

I somewhat randomly came across the curious Victorian trend of maps of human conditions and experiences, including marriage and being a woman. The Open Country of a Woman’s Heart is of particular interest to me. I thought it would be a wonderful post in the lead up to Valentine’s Day and research soon followed.  The [...]

Vinegar valentines – a look at Victorian cruelty

By | February 12th, 2021|Categories: Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: |

It has been such a fun year of writing for Recollections! About this time one year ago I did a lovely series on the delightful documentary A Very British Romance featuring one of my favorite historians, the fabulous Lucy Worsley. One of the things that I learned whilst watching the documentary is that at the [...]