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Letterlocked and Loaded

Mass-produced envelopes weren’t invented until the 1830s, meaning that most 17th-century letter writers folded their correspondence in such a way that it became its own envelope.

The First Christmas Cards

Christmas cards were first sent during the Victorian era. Learn more about this tradition, and also learn about some Victorian Christmas decorations and gifts, with this interesting article from Victoriana Magazine.

Pyrography! It’s What’s Hot!

Am writing along on a series of short stories set in the Brassbright universe, when I arrive at a scene where I wish for a father to give his son his wood-burning equipment. Since I write in a setting grounded in the Victorian era, I popped out to Google to do some 'quick research'. Two hours later, I know a lot more than I needed, but a lot less than I wanted to!

Good Clean Fun

I think I've located one of Gerard Liddle's distant relatives. If you've read "The Flight To Brassbright", you'll know that Mister Liddle invented the WaterDropper, the Perkylater, My Liddle Peony, and so much more. Doesn't this seem like a Liddle invention to you?

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