WBKB Insights Show Features Recollections

By | January 25th, 2015|Categories: Downton Abbey, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

  WBKB in Alpena, Michigan, produces a local public affairs show called Insights that airs on Sunday mornings. In December, we were approached about being on the show. That got us wondering, "what is it like to be part of a television show?" We found out on January 12th when Alexandra Johnson and her crew, John [...]

Valentine Photo Contest

By | January 16th, 2015|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." And so begins this very romantic poem penned by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, one of the Victorian era's foremost poets. What a great love she and Robert Browning shared. This poem was written early on in their relationship; during courtship and early marriage. History.com relates that [...]

Oak Alley Plantation

By | December 4th, 2014|Categories: Civil War, Uncategorized, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Great River Road runs on both sides of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. In its heyday, sugar cane plantations lined the waterway, and today this stretch of the river is known as Plantation Alley. One of the grandest of these plantations is Oak Alley.   Oak Alley Plantation is located north of [...]

Outfitting The Good Wife

By | November 20th, 2014|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

    The Good Wife has been a staple of the CBS line up since first arriving in living rooms in September, 2009.  The legal and political drama stars Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, the title character of the show.  From the first episode, fans have been interested in fashions worn by the various characters [...]

Dressing in Dickens Attire

By | November 13th, 2014|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

Winter seems the favorite time for Dickens Fairs and other Dickens-themed events. Who does not have the image of rosy-cheeked Dickens carolers, gathered in the soft glow of a gas lamp on a snowy evening while they sing lovely carols from long ago? If you are attending one of these events, and would like to [...]

Ball Gowns

By | October 3rd, 2012|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

If you have photos to share, please send your photos to Barb at sales@recollections.biz. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Marsha from Indiana writes: "Hi Barb, Attached are a few photos for you to choose from.   The first one was taken of me in the living room of our home in Rockport, Indiana.  It is a little dark.    The rest [...]

Featuring the “Tea Ladies”

By | May 6th, 2011|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , , , |

When you hear that Nancy Perzo and Karen Patton are known as “The Tea Ladies”, and that they preside over tea events at a lovely historic mansion, it might be easy to assume that they are living a life of ease and indulgence; but you would be sadly mistaken. With all of the varied programs [...]

Those Fabulous Gloves!

By | April 27th, 2011|Categories: Accessories|Tags: , , , , |

My love affair with gloves began shortly after my husband and I joined a re-enactment group who dressed in 1800’s period attire. While looking for ideas for clothing I came across a picture of an outfit that stopped me in my tracks. What was so stunning? Her gloves! This lady’s gloves were the richest shade [...]

Victorians in Mourning

By | April 13th, 2011|Categories: In Mourning|Tags: , , , |

In December of 1861, Queen Victoria’s beloved husband Albert died. Her response to his death would forever change Victorian mourning customs. It had been the custom for a Widow to wear black for a period of one year; other relatives were in mourning for lesser periods, depending on their relationship to the deceased. However [...]