Card Racks

Card Racks

Gentlemen and ladies carried personal cards – often in highly decorative card cases – which they gave to friends and acquaintances. Personalized cards were presented as a matter of course when making a first visit to someone newly arrived in the neighborhood, when calling for the first time on newly weds, when paying visits of… Continue Reading

Georgian Era Coin “Love Tokens”

Georgian Era Coin “Love Tokens”

Two hundred years ago, love tokens offered an enduring and romantic means of expressing devotion to a cherished person, often but not always a lover. Acceptance of the token admitted a return of affection. One common practice was to personalize legitimate coins, usually by smoothing and engraving them (by hand) with a message or romantic imagery. Engravings were most… Continue Reading

Dashing David Lyon

Dashing David Lyon

I love this portrait of David Lyon. Isn’t he dashing? Possibly a bit Darcy-esque? He has the refined air, proud stance, slender musculature, and elegant, chiseled face we all imagine when envisioning Mr. Darcy. His richly nuanced clothes, from the fur lining his coat to the slim cane and dandyish handkerchief, the gentleman in this portrait screams high position and… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ H, I, and J flowers

Floriography ~ H, I, and J flowers

Continuing on with my study in Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. For the first post covering A and B flowers, as well as a short history on the “language of flowers”, click HERE. For C and D flowers, click THIS LINK, and for F and G flowers this is the… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! I is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! I is for…

Moving along in the alphabet to the letter I… more fascinating history lessons in etymology and strange words for your enjoyment! For previous entries on this topic, a blog category search for “vocabulary” will bring up the archived posts. I LOVE vocabulary!   Illinois The state of Illinois is a French version of the name of… Continue Reading