21st Century Couple Living Like People From The 1800s
By | May 9, 2016
This isn't exactly history, but this couple is trying to live in a bygone era from history, so they obviously caught my attention.
This is their story...
They’re Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman of Port Townsend, Washington, living a neo-Victrorian lifestyle. Question is: just how serious about living as Victorians are they?
As it turns out, the couple are more like time-travelling Victorians than die-hard Victorian fanatics. That is, they make the best of both worlds - they adopt the Victorian lifestyle as mindful way of living, but they don’t isolate themselves from some of the comforts the 21st century can offer such as the computer and a car.
Sarah is a writer, working on two books documenting their Victorian lifestyle.
Gabriel works at a bike shop.
Sarah spends a lot of time on the history of the Victorian kitchen.
You can find her recipes and some historically-prepared foods here.
Sarah wears a corset every single day, and claims that nearly everything you’ve heard about corsets is wrong.
The corsets she wear daily are based on 1890s corset patterns and are especially sewn for her by C & S Constructions in England.
Aside from her corsets, Sarah make all her everyday Victorian outfits herself.
Gabriel works out everyday and his routine are based on Eugen Sandow’s 1897 book, Strength and How to Obtain It. All of Gabriel’s sunglasses are all from the 19th century - from his 1850s green sunglasses to his everyday gold-rimmed glasses.
To complement their lifestyle, the Christmanz picked a town with a bit of a Victorian feel to it. They found Townsend, with an old general store founded in the 1890s.
To know more about the Chrismans and their neo-Victorian lifestyle, visit their website here.