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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?

Zoom Zoom?

If you've read The Flight To Brassbright then you know about that brilliant, ill-fated inventor, Gerard Liddle. These motorized skates made me think of him right away! He'd probably have called them Liddle Rollers.

Acquaintance Cards

“When are you going to pay the old lady for your last week’s washing?”

I blame Gail Carriger for having lost nearly my entire day to obsessing over Acquaintance Cards. She made mention of them on her Book of Faces, and I oh-so-innocently clicked the link, which took me to Vintage Everyday, a rather delightful blog, in which I landed directly on a dangerously addictive page.