Helen Allingham, acclaimed Victorian commercial artist and water colorist

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Helen Allingham was born Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson on September 26, 1848, in Derbyshire, England. She was a commercial graphic artist and an acclaimed watercolorist. Her maternal grandmother, Sarah Smith Herford, and aunt, Laura Herford, were well-respected artists of their day. It’s no wonder that Helen and her younger sister, Caroline Paterson, became accomplished artists. [...]

Halloween Candy Counting Contest 2017

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games, Halloween|Tags: , |

Welcome to our Halloween Candy Counting Contest 2017! Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand and we know how much you enjoy this kind of contest so it is a natural fit.  The contest starts on October 30th and ends on Wednesday, November 1st at midnight Pacific Time. Winners will be notified by on Thursday, November 2nd. [...]

Halloween Greetings Contest 2017 – Win a $100 Gift Certificate

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games, Halloween, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

We have another contest for you! We're calling it the "Halloween Greetings Contest 2017." To participate, find the words and recreate the greeting. Once you think you have the greeting, you may enter through the comments section of this post (all are moderated and will not be shown). You may also email it to us using [...]

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 [...]

Victorian Women as Michigan’s Lighthouse Keepers

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Accidental research can lead to unexpected places. We know you love history and the clothing women wore during the last two hundred years or so. Inspired by a photo of our models at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, the curiosity light bulb lit up with the question “how many women served as lighthouse keepers during [...]

It’s our birthday… Happy Birthday to us!

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Happy 35th birthday to us! What seems like a long time ago when you look at the calendar but passes in the blink of an eye? Ah, how the years seem like nothing but fleeting moments when you are investing in your passion! Flash back to the early 1980s… Our founder and designer was a [...]

Share Your Favorite Mother’s Day Memory

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Holidays, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

We really enjoy hearing your memories! This time we’re looking for your favorite Mother's Day story. Perhaps, it is a memory from your childhood. Perhaps, it is a memory of an experience you had as a mom. Perhaps, your dad was also your mom and you have a memory you'd like to share about your [...]

Spring Lake, NJ – Victorian time capsule

By | April 8th, 2017|Categories: New Jersey, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Spring Lake isn’t what most consider when thinking of the ‘Jersey Shore’ and with good reason. One county north of the hullaballoo of Seaside Heights lies Monmouth County and in the southeastern section is the borough of Spring Lake. It is much like a time capsule of the Victorian era. The New Jersey Leisure Guide [...]