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Mimi Matthews · 3d ago

The Scent of Violets: Perfume, Cosmetics, and Crime in the Late Victorian Era

“The fondness for violets increases with time, and many women of fashion will tolerate no other fragrance.” American Soap Journal and Manufacturing Chemist, 1895. In 1893, a woman by the nam...
Mimi Matthews · 1W ago

MimiMatthews.com is Moving to a New Website Provider. Don’t Get Left Behind!

MimiMatthews.com is presently undergoing a complete website redesign. My new website will launch in the next week or two. My web address will be the same, but my entire website is going to l...
Mimi Matthews · 2W ago

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Cover Reveal!

At long last, I can reveal the beautiful cover of my upcoming book, The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries. It was designed by Dominic Allen at Pen and Sword B...
Mimi Matthews · 3W ago

Reading Habits and Book Buying Preferences: A Brief and Unscientific Readers’ Poll

As many of you know, I have several books that will be coming out over the next year. In anticipation of their release, I’d love to learn a little more about your reading habits. I have devi...
Mimi Matthews · 4W ago

Promiscuous Bathing at Margate: Victorian Outrage Over Indecency at the Public Beach

“Indecency among the Margate Bathers comes round as regularly as the season itself.” The Era, 23 July 1865. In Victorian England, it was generally believed that the sexes should be kept apar...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

The Etiquette of the Victorian Ballroom: Twenty Tips for Single Gentlemen

“Remember that a ball-room is a school of politeness, and therefore let your whole conduct be influenced by that strict regard to Etiquette such a place requires.” Etiquette for Gentleman; o...
Mimi Matthews · 1M 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 · 2M 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 · 2M 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 · 2M 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...