Fashion Friday

Today is “Fashion Friday,” where we take a look at an interesting 19thc fashion trend or clothing item, selected for its relative smirk-worthiness.  But be careful what you smirk at – we all have fashion “skeletons” in our own closets.  Just imagine what they’ll be smirking at a century from now.

The female silhouette, 1870s-1890s More →

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Lock Your Doors: 19th century "sneak" thieves

Okay, so you’re an ordinary citizen, making your way in the late-19th century world (specifically the American corner of the world).  Let’s say you’re a cautious and astute person: you keep a tight grip on your wallet or pocket-book in crowds, to the chagrin of those sly pickpockets out there; you don’t fall for those con-artist tricks and hand over your hard-earned money; you’re even good at spotting “funny money,” and won’t accept any currency that looks the slightest bit wrong. Yes sir, you know how to thwart those criminals, and keep yourself and your money safe (check earlier postings for the hazards you’ve just avoided).


The bad news:  you have to sleep sometime. More →

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19th century Spiritualism: Seances, Mediums, Exhibits

the Fox sisters, Leah, Margaret, and Kate

The Fox sisters:

Seances (whereby a spirit is summoned to communicate with the living) became quite popular in the 1800s, due in large part to the Fox sisters.  In 1848, the first recorded spirit-rapping in America took place when Margaret and Kate Fox attempted to communicate with the spirits of the dead. More →

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19th Century Women’s Basketball

The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith for the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Massachusetts.

 

In 1892, Senda Berenson Abbott started the first women’s basketball program at Smith College, making modifications to the rules for women’s play. More →

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