Fun to Poke Fun at the Dandies!

Fun to Poke Fun at the Dandies!

“If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed.” The above quote is attributed to George Bryan “Beau” Brummell, and he wasn’t being ironic. Brummell was the trendsetter and undisputed master of the perfect tailoring and simplicity of understated style which became a hallmark of the fashionable Regency Era… CONTINUE READING…

Elizabeth Gurney Fry: Prison Reformer

Elizabeth Gurney Fry: Prison Reformer

Elizabeth Gurney was born in Norwich, England in 1780 to an influential and extremely wealthy Quaker family. Her father, John Gurney, was a partner in Gurney’s Bank, and her mother Catherine was from the Barclay family, founders of Barclays Bank. In 1798, when only 18, Elizabeth heard the preaching of American Quaker William Savery, who… CONTINUE READING…

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs

Last Friday I published a blog on Picnic History. One of the essential features of a good picnic was food that could withstand packing and travel, and that was easy to pick up and eat. This instantly brought to mind a blog I wrote a very long time ago for Austen Authors on strange foods,… CONTINUE READING…

Fall or Autumn? Which is correct? Or, is that a sensible question?

Fall or Autumn? Which is correct? Or, is that a sensible question?

Today is September 22 and that is the official first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Most people are focusing on what new pumpkin-spice flavored food items they can nibble on while embellishing their houses with the plethora of harvest-themed decorations that are available, without caring one iota if the proper term is AUTUMN… CONTINUE READING…

Random Movie Secrets

Random Movie Secrets

I absolutely LOVE movies! I have grown pickier over the years, in large part because so many movies these days are straight up horrible. Nevertheless, I will always adore the cinema, both big screen and the boob-tube. For that reason, trivia is always fascinating to me so from time to time I’ll share bits I… CONTINUE READING…

Stockings, Hose, and Garters

Stockings, Hose, and Garters

Stocking, hose, sock… These are just a few terms for the many types of leg coverings that are woven or knitted of cloth, silk, wool, and cotton to provide both warmth and modesty. The styles, lengths, materials, weaves, etc. would change over the centuries, usually in response to garment fashion. Perhaps it may not come as… CONTINUE READING…

Corset History Video

Corset History Video

I have recently discovered a fabulous YouTube channel: Weird History. The hundreds of uploaded videos cover a vast array of historical topics, places, events, and people. Most of the videos are relatively short but still manage to do a great job of covering the facts. I particularly love the brief explanation of the channel’s purpose… CONTINUE READING…

Ackermann’s Fashion Plate, September 1816

Ackermann’s Fashion Plate, September 1816

This fashion plate from September 1816 depicts a woman standing with hands folded looking off to the side in a long white floral dress. V-neckline trimmed with ruffles with a small pink flower in the center of the bust and empire waistline. Short cap sleeves trimmed entirely in ruffles. Long white skirt that comes right… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! K is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! K is for…

Continuing the quest to cover the alphabet! That may prove impossible due to the vast number of words in the English language, but I can try to find a few fascinating examples. For a list of all my archived posts covering the topic: VOCABULARY Ketchup The Chinese invented ke-tsiap in the 1690s. It was a… CONTINUE READING…