Victorian-American Wedding Anniversaries

Victorian-American Wedding Anniversaries

Victorian-American husbands and wives celebrated their wedding anniversaries in a variety of ways. The wealthy held sumptuous dinners and balls in honor of their years of wedded bliss and their guest lists and published itemized gifts showed it! A variety of late-nineteenth-century American etiquette governed much about the Victorian-American Wedding Anniversary, from invitation to gifts to entertainments.

But not all Victorian-Americans took marriage anniversaries too seriously. Some ignored them altogether (and we have the documentation to prove it). Others poked a bit of fun at them, assigning credible reasons why one would need a cotton wedding, a paper wedding, leather wedding, and so forth.

Pound Cake in Victorian America

Pound Cake in Victorian America

Today, March 4, is National Pound Cake Day ~ a perfect day to celebrate Pound Cake in Victorian America.

What is pound cake? What is it made of? Why was it a popular cake with 19th century bakers?

Victorian-American Tobacco Advertisements

Victorian-American Tobacco Advertisements

Advertisements from vintage newspapers and periodicals shed much light on the tobacco habits of our nineteenth century United States ancestors. Each ad cites sources, dates, and provides everything from brand names to prices to general categories to help us draw conclusions about tobacco use in the Victorian United States.

Why? Because accurate backdrops make for exciting fiction!

Common Details of Western Historical Romance that are Historically INCORRECT, Part 3

Common Details of Western Historical Romance that are Historically INCORRECT, Part 3

Part 3 of an ongoing series ~

Who knew? Tobacco use in the nineteenth century might surprise you! Without today’s health warnings, tobacco became a favorite vice among men and women of all ages (including children). Numerous vintage sources paint an accurate backdrop of cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco, etc., dispelling the myths surrounding tobacco use throughout the American nineteenth century.

Victorian-American Headaches: Part 6

Victorian-American Headaches: Part 6

Part 6 in a series of 11 articles, all about headaches in Victorian America.

Today’s article takes a look at various “doctoring at home” remedies published in newspapers and books, all from the final decades of the 19th century, United States of America. Each newspaper or book snippet contains complete citations. Some remedies make sense, some seem like wild guesses, and others are simply ODD.

Victorian-American Headaches: Part 5

Victorian-American Headaches: Part 5

A vintage newspaper (Chicago Tribune, January 1901) sheds light on the dangers of headache powders but also their overwhelming redemptive value. The ‘doctor’ shares formulary details along with ‘life rules’ to prevent headaches (such as remaining sober). After all, Victorian-Americans “self-poisoned”, thus precipitating their headaches.

This piece is number five in a series of eleven articles: Victorian-American Headaches.