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Victorian Era

Charles Dickens: Stories, Biography, & Things You Didn'...

February 7, 2021

British novelist Charles Dickens (1812–1870) seated in his study in Gads Hill near Rochester, Kent circa 1860. (Epics/Getty Images) Today, Charles Dickens is...

Boxing Day History: The True Origins Of Why We Celebrat...

December 26, 2020

To many parts of the world, Boxing Day is a big deal, but in others, it hasn't caught on quite like it did in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, and A...

Victorian Era: 30 Facts, Customs, And Traditions Of The...

December 2, 2020

The Victorian era was a time of contrarian ideals: They covered themselves completely but fetishized the female figure, they were obsessed with cleanliness but pr...

1891: What It Was Like When Carnegie Hall Opened In New...

May 5, 2020

1895: View of Carnegie Hall on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York City. (Photo by Museum of the City of New York/Byron Collection/Getty Imag...

Boston Marriages: Two Healthy Unmarried Women Cohabitin...

February 14, 2020

With so many Elizabeths and Darcys running around over the years, you’ve likely heard that "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in posse...

Vinegar Valentines: 19th Century's Insulting, Anonymous...

February 10, 2020

If you're lucky enough to have a special someone in your life, there's nothing better than giving or receiving a Valentine. Who doesn't like to know that they're ...

The First Christmas Cards: Dead Animals And Kidnapped C...

December 20, 2019

Whether you like them or not, Christmas cards are a part of the season. They may feel like they've been around forever, but the first Christmas cards only date ba...

Crinoline: The Victorian Fashion Garment That Killed Ar...

October 27, 2016

Unlike the farthingales and panniers, the crinoline was worn by Victorian women of every social class. In his etiquette manual published in 1875, George Routledg...

25 Incredible Hand-Tinted Photos of Victorian Girls

October 20, 2016

These vintage photos are tintypes and daguerreotypes taken between 1840s to 1860s. Of course they came in black and white but someone took it upon himself to hand-tint t...

Victorian Era Waistcoat Fashion of Teenage Boys

October 14, 2016

A suit vest, or a waistcoat was first known about mid-late of the 17th century. Suit vests were commonly worn by older gentlemen, but sometimes they were also a favorite sty...

4 Elaborate Mourning Rituals From the Victorian Era

October 8, 2016

1. Mourning Dress For Victorians, dressing for mourning didn’t stop after the funeral. It was an elaborate process that could go on for years, particularly for women. A ...