How to Dress for Derby

How to Dress for Derby

Thanks to the knowledgeable folks at The Art of Manliness — link here — anyone of the male sex can attend the Kentucky Derby assured that he is dressed and groomed properly. This IS the South, after all, where dressing according to the rules of fashion are vital! This is the link to the main… Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby Festival begins!

Kentucky Derby Festival begins!

Saturday was the official kick off of “Derby Season” here in Kentucky, so it seemed appropriate to devote myself to what is, without argument, the biggest yearly event to Kentuckians (and to horse enthusiasts everywhere in the USA). Today happened to be my scheduled blogging date on Austen Authors, and with thoroughbred horse racing indisputably an English invention,… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! C is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! C is for…

California The Golden State’s name comes from a Spanish romance written in 1510. Las sergas de Esplandian (The Exploits of Esplandian), by Garcia Ordóñez de Montalvo, contains a reference to a fictional island called California. “…on the right hand of the Indies, there is an island called California, very near to the Terrestrial Paradise…” Since… Continue Reading

A Close Shave

A Close Shave

The advertisement to the right appeared in the General Advertiser in May 1752. Daniel Cudworth was one of the many London business owners to take advantage of increased advertising opportunities to push his ‘flat razor strap,’ or ‘strop.’ On the surface, there seems little unusual here; a product, some notes about its quality and durability… Continue Reading

History of the Barber’s Pole

History of the Barber’s Pole

Barber-surgeons were medical practitioners who provided a wide-range of services during the medieval and early modern periods of history. Traditionally, they were trained through apprenticeships, which could last as long as 7 years. Many had no formal education, and some were even illiterate. Barber-surgeons provided a variety of medical services for their communities. Moreover, because of… Continue Reading