Category Archives: Fun & Friends

Friday Fun Victorian Style

The Victorians liked to pose for photographs. The early Daguerreotype came about in 1839, when the inventor Samuel Morse returned to the U.S. after visiting Daguerre in Paris. Ambrotypes and tintypes followed in the mid 1850s. The carte de visite … Continue reading

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Friday Fun Victorian Style

The Victorians were quite romantic. Every etiquette book written in the period that I’ve seen includes a chapter on writing love letters, for example. Love letters, however, were only one way young Victorians conveyed romantic messages, which could be difficult … Continue reading

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Friday Fun Victorian Style

I recently made a list of some of my favorite shows set in Victorian times. So that this post wouldn’t be too long, I forced myself to narrow my list down to three. That was not an easy task, let … Continue reading

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Friday Fun California Style

The heroine in my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, likes to take long walks through the Sierra Foothills of California. The hero accompanies Ellie on one of her treks. While walking, Miles warns her of … Continue reading

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Friday Fun Victorian Style

A Victorian wife was instructed in all matters relating the running of a household, including the handling of money. She was to “take an honest pride in appropriating the money” which her husband entrusted to her. The above quote is … Continue reading

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Friday Fun Victorian Style

One word that describes the Victorian woman with regard to fashion is modest. Women in the Victorian era followed rigid guidelines regarding conduct, conversation, and clothing. A lady could relax her dress some in the evening, perhaps showing a bit … Continue reading

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Friday Fun Victorian Style

The Victorians loved flowers, so much so that they had a language of flowers. In my recently purchased reference book, Manners: Culture and Dress, published in 1892 (yes, I’m the proud owner of a book that’s 120 years old!), the … Continue reading

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