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Mimi Matthews · 1W 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 · 3W 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 · 1M 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 · 1M 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...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

Never Bring a Dog into a Drawing Room: The Etiquette of Paying Calls with Pets

“Favorite dogs are never welcome visitors in a drawing-room.” Martine’s Hand-Book of Etiquette, 1866. In the Victorian era, etiquette books offered very specific advice on how to conduct one...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

Victorian Advice for a Dry January: Alcohol Fasts v. Drinking in Moderation

“What have I done? Given my word not to touch any stimulants for a whole month. By Jove! what a long month it will seem.” Bound by Fetters; or The Evils of Drink, 1887. Though the Victorians...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

A Victorian Lady’s Christmas Gift Guide

“A merry Christmas, with Love’s gifts for the young, Home’s comforts for the old, and Heaven’s bright hopes for all, is our fervent aspiration.” Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1854. Shopping for Chris...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

When Jealousy is Not a Curse – My Georgette Heyer Addiction: Guest Post by Avril Tremayne

Today, I am very pleased to welcome author and fellow #DashItAll Avril Tremayne with a guest post on Georgette Heyer! I’m admitting upfront to a case of author envy when it comes to Georgett...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

Charles Dickens and Timber Doodle, the Flea-Ridden Dog

In the mid-nineteenth century, Charles Dickens had a small, shaggy Havana spaniel named Timber Doodle. Dickens had acquired Timber during a visit to America and the little dog soon became hi...
Mimi Matthews · 2M ago

Shades of Victorian Fashion: Butter, Lemon, Gold, and Yellow

During the Victorian era, yellow was believed to be the color most similar to light. With shades ranging from the palest butter to the liveliest lemon, it was suitable for morning dresses, d...