Merry Music Makers

The Music Box For a person of means in the Victorian era, a music box was central to the parlor. In fact, unless blessed with a musically talented family member, a household’s primary source of musical entertainment was the music box. These beautiful musical units, crafted by jewelers, were reminiscent of tinkling church bells. Unfortunately,... Continue Reading →

Wake Up!

Strange Professions of the Victorian Era: Before alarm clocks became affordable or reliable, there existed a profession in 1920s Britain and Ireland called the knocker-upper. The knocker-upper's job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time.  Save

The Gibson Girl

The "Gibson Girl" was a pen-and-ink drawing by New York artist Charles Dana Gibson that first appeared in the 1890s. Characterized by her hourglass figure and soft hair piled into a chignon, the Gibson Girl represented the ideal American girl.

Who’s Under There?

Guess who's behind the floral print cloth? In the 19th century, the long exposure times of cameras meant that children had to stay perfectly still for a matter of minutes in order to have their image captured. As a result, many Victorian photographs contain hidden mothers trying to keep their squirmy little ones still enough... Continue Reading →

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