In the Victorian era, young women traveled Europe to broaden their education. . . and marital prospects. Follow our fictional friend Johanna on her Grand Tour.
“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,” Queen Victoria once wrote of her holiday home, Osborne House. In 1845, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Desiring a home removed from the stresses of court, Prince Albert, along with architect Thomas Cubitt, designed a home fit for his... Continue Reading →
Synonymous with New Year's Eve, Auld Lang Syne imbues nostalgia while evoking a sense of belonging and fellowship. The exact origins of the Scots song are unknown, however, in 1788 poet, Robert Burns published the now-famous poem in volume five of James Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum. Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was a major contributor... Continue Reading →
A secretive gift-giver that provides treats and treasures to children in the night has many iterations around the globe. The variations range from a goat to an angelic creature, with the most well known being a jolly elf clad in red. The American image of the ever-jolly present bearer with an effervescent personality, rotund body,... Continue Reading →
No era in history has influenced how we celebrate Christmas, quite as much as the Victorians. Before Queen Victoria’s reign, Christmas celebrations were bleak, or non-existent. Christmas trees went undecorated, Christmas cards not sent, and not many knew of the Jolly Ole Saint Nick. In the same right, the process of giving and receiving gifts... Continue Reading →
Victorian Crazy Quilts The term “Crazy Quilt” refers to a type of patchwork quilt that was wildly popular in the late 1800s. But it could also credit those who attempted the stitchery. In 1884, Harper’s Bazaar estimated that a full-sized quilt might take 1,500 hours to complete! If a Victorian sewed 8 hours per day, the... Continue Reading →