Monthly Archives: April 2016

No Wire Hangers, Ever

I’m reading Judith Flanders’s The Victorian House (2003), which is answering a lot of questions I had about everyday Victorian life. As I spend most of my time reading Victorian literature, I don’t actually know a lot about they dealt … Continue reading

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That’s a Horse of a Different Color

Do you guys want a healthy dose of old-school sexism? Check out the rhetoric in this article from the Leeds Mercury on January 31, 1807: “The following extraordinary circumstances have recently taken place in Dublin: A person who had served … Continue reading

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Belle of the Ball

I found another amazing story that first appeared in the Illustrated Police News, February 5, 1898. “An extraordinary shooting affair took place the other night at Keystone, West Virginia. During a dance at a ball an awkward country youth accidentally … Continue reading

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The Frenzy

I was reading one of Mallory Ortberg’s posts on The Toast and I stumbled across this painting. Let’s just . . . let’s just soak in this image for a minute. I didn’t know what is the sweet, ever-loving fuck was … Continue reading

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Jane Ellen Panton

I first heard about Jane Ellen Panton in Judith Flanders’s The Victorian House (2003, p. xl). Flanders writes, “Jane Ellen Panton (1848-1923), a journalist and early exponent of the new concept of ‘interior design’, was the daughter of the immensely successful … Continue reading

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Rescued by a Lobster

I found this rather improbable tale in the Edinburgh Evening News from February 8th, 1875. “A journalist met with a strange pet the other day when paying a visit. Whilst he was talking he noticed something moving on the carpet, which … Continue reading

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Daring Abduction of an Heiress

I was going through a volume of The Illustrated Police News (August 29, 1896) and I found this rather ridiculous illustration: The illustration is so absurd, I figured I’d have to blog about it, regardless of what the story was. I … Continue reading

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