Fun facts about February

By | February 5th, 2023|Categories: Women's History|Tags: , , |

Welcome to February dear readers! It’s a chilly month here in the US, so why not cuddle up with conversation starters to keep you going even when you’re stuck inside? Some famous people from history were born this month, and some famous people found themselves beheaded as well.  Grab your hot chocolate and let’s learn [...]

January History News Roundup

By | January 31st, 2023|Categories: Victorian culture, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , |

We are going to try out a new feature here on Recollections! Knowing how much our community loves all things history, fashion, and women’s history related we will now be gathering news stories through the month that includes the latest in research on each topic.  What history news would you like us to make sure [...]

Did Queen Victoria turn Victorian Wedding Dresses White?

By | January 20th, 2023|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations, Women's History|Tags: , |

Victorian wedding dresses are a sight for any eyes - sore or otherwise. The era was a big time for weddings as life was becoming more public and both parties were increasingly given more say in who they met at the end of the aisle. Queen Victoria herself is a great example of this gradual [...]

A time capsule of glamour: hair from the 1939 New York World's Fair

By | January 14th, 2023|Categories: Fashion, Women's History|Tags: |

A couple of years ago I came across some great photography from the 1939 World’s Fair World of Fashion, a large exhibition space built to highlight trends and innovations in fashion. New York was just barely on the brink of beginning to compete internationally as an authority in this area and it was meant to [...]

Sidesaddling through Gettysburg

By | January 7th, 2023|Categories: Civil War, Women's History|Tags: |

I had the privilege of connecting with some talented and passionate Recollections customers last year. One of these women, Sarah Mognoni, gave me the opportunity to continue my research into the ongoing effort to preserve the history of sidesaddle. Sarah informed me that the American Side Saddle Association was doing a ride through Gettysburg as [...]

Cardigans through time

By | December 14th, 2022|Categories: Fashion, Women's History|Tags: , |

‘Tis the season to be cozy! To many of us, that means wool socks, space heaters, and when we finally leave the house, cardigans.  A salute to the origins of the cardigan I love a good fashion history origin story! Especially those that involve accidental trends started by literal fires. Remember the story of the [...]

Botany Beauty: Marianne North

By | November 17th, 2022|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|

I love looking at vintage botanical illustrations and have wanted to cover the history of the art form for a long time. I started to dig in over the last month and was pleased to discover that an Englishwoman was one of the more influential leaders of the Victorian movement to explore and document natural [...]

Heloise's 1962 Housekeeping Tips

By | November 6th, 2022|Categories: Women's History|Tags: , |

I really enjoy vintage etiquette and household manuals. The latest in my collection is a 1962 edition of Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints. I have been enjoying poking through it over the last couple of weeks, being both educated on some helpful tips and humored at some of the outdated inclusions. For instance, have you ever tried [...]

A short history of witches’ hats

By | October 11th, 2022|Categories: Halloween, Women's History|Tags: , |

A witch has been one of the most popular Halloween costumes for women since the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, it might be one of the most enduring trends, still ranking as the top pick in 2021. It is long-lasting in most senses, with little variation to the recipe: sleek, black dress and [...]