History of Christmas Trees

By | December 15th, 2018|Categories: Christmas, Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

Evergreen trees decorated with lights, garland, and ornaments have become a staple in most households that celebrate Christmas, however,  these trees haven’t always been a symbol of the upcoming holiday. In fact, just like many aspects of Christmas, they have gained popularity since the Victorian era. Let's take a short look at the history of [...]

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein at 200

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Regency Era|Tags: , , , , |

Over two hundred years ago, in 1818, Mary Shelley first published Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley was the daughter of the feminist author, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the philosopher, William Godwin.   At fifteen, she fell in love with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was married and had two children at the [...]

Halloween 2018 Photo Contest

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Customer's Fashions, Halloween|Tags: , , |

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who entered the Halloween 2018 Photo Contest. You are the best! And the winner is... The Grand Prize Winner of $250 to spend on our website is  #17 Joan M., Auburn, CA. The panel of judges thought her photo best embodied the spirit of Halloween. Runners-up ($50 [...]

Caption This! Christmas in July 2018

By | July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Edwardian Era, Recollections, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

Caption this! Christmas in July 2018 and win $50 We continue celebrating Christmas in July 2018 with this caption contest. Extra points for using Victorian vernacular! Your caption can be funny, thoughtful, or even a poem. It doesn't have to be related to Christmas. Our panel of judges will choose from the entries to determine [...]

Mother’s Day 2018

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Holidays|Tags: , , , |

 Mother's Day is one of our favorite holidays. It is the day we honor our moms and everyone who has been like a mom to us. We thank everyone who took the time to share their stories and photos with us. Please take the time to read about these amazing women! Grand Prize: Glory Grace [...]

Valentine Romance Photo Contest

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games|Tags: , , , |

Congratulations, Lynn A! She is the winner of our Valentine Romance Photo Contest. Thank you to everyone who participated by submitting a photo or by voting. We'll have another contest soon!  

Christmas Greeting Word Game 2017

By | December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games|Tags: , , , |

Christmas is almost here! It's time for our last game, Christmas Greeting Word Game 2017. We hope you'll play along! Use all of the letters below to reveal our holiday greeting to you. It's a familiar one borne of the Victorian era. _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ [...]

Merry Christmas Crossword 2017

By | December 19th, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games|Tags: , |

Play our Merry Christmas Crossword 2017 for a chance to win a 20% off coupon! We're giving away three of them. Complete the crossword and upload your answers in the comment section of this blog post. Comments are moderated and will not appear. An email confirmation will be sent to you once your entry is [...]

Take a Victorian Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

While visiting the Tampa Bay area of Florida last week, I was able to take in the first day of the Victorian Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa. It was a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas holiday season! The Henry B. Plant Museum started out as the [...]