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Mimi Matthews · 10h ago

Twelve Victorian Era Tips on the Etiquette of Ladylike Letter Writing

“The palm of good letter-writing has been universally awarded to the fair sex.” Etiquette of Good Society, 1893. For Victorian ladies, there was much more to letter writing than simply dashi...
Mimi Matthews · 2W ago

Easter Bonnets of the Late 19th Century

“The Easter bonnet has long been recognized as woman’s particular weakness.” The Illustrated American, 1886. In the nineteenth century, Easter Sunday was an occasion for ladies of all classe...
Mimi Matthews · 3W ago

A Cure for Melancholy: Victorian Medical Advice on Treating Depression

“Melancholy is a low kind of delirium, with a fever; usually attended with fear, heaviness, and sorrow, without any apparent occasion.” Beach’s Family Physician, 1861. What we recognize toda...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

From Crinolines to Cross-Dressing Balls: A Two Year Anniversary Digest

It’s my blogiversary!  Today, MimiMatthews.com is two years old.  I have no idea what the two year mark of a successful blog looks like, but I feel incredibly fortunate that my site continue...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

Katrina: A Victorian Ballet of Cats

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 musical Cats was not the first production to feature a cast of dancers dressed in cat costumes.  Nearly one hundred years earlier, a ballet called Katrina made its...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

In September of 1896, British newspapers reported the remarkable use of a bicycle in a New Jersey murder case.  The case involved two men who had both emigrated to America from London in the...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

Victorian Valentine’s Day Verses for Rejecting Unwanted Suitors

Published in 1875, The Lover’s Poetic Companion and Valentine Writer is a book intended for Victorian ladies and gentlemen “who wish to address those they love in suitable terms.”  It contai...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

Shades of Victorian Fashion: Cerulean, Mazarine, Navy, and Blue

During the nineteenth century, blue was considered a versatile color, as suitable for elegant evening gowns and demure day dresses as it was for fashionable bonnets, slippers, and parasols. ...
Mimi Matthews · 3M ago

Overzealous Research Lands Cross-Dressing Victorian Writer in the Dock

Just before midnight on June 25, 1891, a police detective encountered two women strolling arm-in-arm down Regent Street.  One of the women struck him as being rather odd in appearance.  He a...
Mimi Matthews · 3M ago

A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!

‘As the supply alluded to is to be levied upon all old maids, beyond a certain age, and intitled to certain yearly or other income; I make no doubt but both Houses of Parliament will speedil...