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Mimi Matthews · 12h ago

The Tottenham Station Railway Disaster of 1860

“Great injury was done after the engine ran up the platform. The brickwork was swept away, and a large portion of a wall was thrown down; in fact, one carriage was thrown completely through ...
Mimi Matthews · 1W ago

The Jersey Pug’s Funeral; and Other Dog Funerals of the Late Victorian Era

“If this sort of thing keeps growing, it won’t be long before we shall hear of dog undertakers, and perhaps marble cutters who devote their time and talent to the construction of monuments t...
Mimi Matthews · 2W ago

The Lost Letter: Book Excerpt and Goodreads Giveaway

As many of you know, my debut Victorian romance, The Lost Letter, will be released on September 19. It’s currently out on review and—I’m pleased to report—the advance reviews have been truly...
Mimi Matthews · 4W ago

The Etiquette of the Victorian Golf Course: Twelve Tips for a Co-Ed Game

During the Victorian era, golf was a hugely popular sport. Both men and women played for pleasure and for competition. Much of this play was done in the company of those of the same sex. How...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

A Victorian Wife’s Best Friend: The Role of Cats & Dogs in Cases of Spousal Abuse

The nineteenth century news is filled with reports of hero pets rescuing their masters and mistresses from various catastrophes. Dogs routed burglars and saved children from drowning, while ...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

A Few Words on Disappearing Posts…

Some of you may have noticed that my archive of articles on Victorian fashion and beauty has recently become a bit thinner. I know that many of those articles—specifically my Victorian Lady’...
Mimi Matthews · 1M ago

A Passion for Auburn Hair: Victorian Views On Reddish-Brown Tresses

“Her friends call her hair auburn, but her enemies call it red.” Sylvia’s Book of the Toilet, 1881. Auburn hair has long been admired for its beauty. In the sixteenth century, Titian famousl...
Mimi Matthews · 2M 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 · 2M 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 · 2M 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...