Tag Archives: weirdness

Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friends … Continue reading

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Mrs Leiter and the Vicereine of India

I found the following story in Anne de Courcy’s The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York (2017). At some point I’d like to do a whole post on Mary Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston (who was also the … Continue reading

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Ward McAllister

I’m reading Anne de Courcy’s The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York (2017), and discovered a character from mid-century New York high society I’d never heard of before: Ward McAllister. McAllister had been extremely hunky in his youth, … Continue reading

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Richard Burton and Mrs Prodgers

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series J, episode “Journeys”). Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton (who, as an impressive side note, spoke 29 languages) was famous for being crotchety and not liking very many people. His family was always … Continue reading

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Hot Cockles

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series O, episode “O Christmas”). The holiday season is a time for family to gather together, be merry, and play parlor games. One game that has sadly fallen out of fashion … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1873

I’m reading a fun book right now called The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York by Anne de Courcy (2017) and found this truly ridiculous story of conspicuous consumption (it can be found on page 15). In 1873, … Continue reading

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The Sampford Ghost

I am reblogging this from Geri Walton’s blog here. “John Chave, his wife, and her brother, a Mr. Taylor, moved into a house owned by Mr. Talley. Before they moved in an agreement was reached between Chave and Talley that … Continue reading

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