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The Victorian Era
The period of British history from 1837 to 1901
The reign of Queen Victoria.
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  • olga-nikolayevna:

    Part 1 of the rare high quality footage of the last Romanovs from the BBC2 documenary Russia’s Lost Princesses. (biggest thanks to the lovely everythingroyalty for the link<3)

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  • ladyhistory:

    During the Revolutionary unit, every student signs the Declaration of Independence on the Promethean board so that we can all commit treason together against King George III.

    Yesterday, I was taking roll.

    ME: Is [student] absent?

    STUDENT #1: Didn’t he sign his name really big on the Declaration?

    STUDENT #2: Oh, man. King George got him.

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  • nannaia:

    This is a hairstyle timeline that is meant to cover the Taishō era (1912-1926). However the dates for many reference photographs were rather vague, so some might actually fall into Shōwa era (1926-1989). Regrettably I couldn’t cover EVERY single hairstyle from this period so please consider this to be a brief overview. There are no Geisha, Maiko, etc featured here; they will be covered in another fashion timeline someday.

    Some interesting notes about Meiji-Taisho era from Liza Crihfield Dalby’s Kimono: Fashioning Culture (1993)

    ·         “Men and women of Meiji had gulped up Western culture with all the indiscriminate enthusiasm of new converts. By Taishō, Japanese sensibilities vis-à-vis the West were much smoother. This was Japan’s political equivalent of the … social scene of the American Roaring Twenties. Japanese born during Taishō would enter adolescence as modern boys and girls. Significantly, women opened their closets to Western clothing during this decade. Kimono has lost space ever since.” (pg. 124)

    ·         “By 1915 Japan was beginning to feel itself a world-class nation, more confident of its military strength and social development. Ordinary Japanese were inclined to look at their society in light of how life might be bettered by adapting foreign ideas, or made more interesting by acquiring foreign fashions. Borrowing from the West was of course not new, but it had now become a more reciprocal and respectable process.” (pg. 124)


    ·         In the Meiji era “a few women cropped their hair, but these courageous souls were simply regarded as weird” and indecent (pg. 75)

    ·         “If cutting the hair short was too radical [in Meiji Japan], as public reaction attests, women’s hair did gain a new option in the sokugami style, a pompadour resembling the chignons worn by Charles Dana Gibson’s popular Gibson girls. The further the front section, or ‘eaves,’ of the hair protruded, the more daring the style. The sokugami style bunched the hair, coiling it in a bun at the crown of the head. Unlike traditional coiffures, sokugami did not require the heavy use of pomade, pins, bars, strings, and false hair to hold its shape. Its appeal was promoted as healthier and more rational – hence, more enlightened- than the old ways.” (pg. 75)

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  • cousinbarnabas:

    The first page of FRANKENSTEIN, in Mary Shelley’s own handwriting.

    (via sonictoaster)

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  • Anonymous asked : What advice do you have for a 14 year old girl?


    This is so vague I love it. The voices you are hearing are real, god is speaking to you. The nation of France needs you. Don your armor, take up arms, lead the French army. This is your destiny, joan. When the flames come for you let them lick your bones and laugh.

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  • Robin Williams
    Friend Like Me
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  • If any of you ever get a chance to try the London Fog from Lake Effect Ice Cream, DO IT.  It’s Earl Grey with toffee bits and I think it’s my new favorite.  

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  • thecorsetauthority:






    To go with my previous corset post.

    Man bodies do don’t work like that

    It helped one of her arms grow a little longer though and she no longer feels the need to cover up her lower area with a sheet. Plus the bones in her clavical-y sternum area transformed into a sort of… trendy lady in a wiggle dress, flat top hair cut and a blind fold. Isn’t it amazing what corsets do?

    Trendy lady Jesus.

    Is it just me or are the expressions in this just wonderful as well? ‘Ideal’ on the left is like “What the hell. Girl. No. That is just no.” And ‘Corset’ on the right  sees to be thinking “You are such a bitch. I also find your hair deplorable.” 

    I’m laughing so hard I’m crying

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  • I’m off to the Irish Festival in Dublin, OH!  

    Have a great weekend, everyone!  I know I will!

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