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Let the randomness continue! For most folks February is a drizzly cold month. Perfect snuggle-weather inside for catching up on the up to the minute news or the latest book of choice. Oddly there is not much in the way of news this month. Usually there are scads of valentines and vinegar-valentine posts, but even then it was slim. For the record, I choose to highlight neither for this post as I have covered both in previous years. I like to keep things fresh as possible. Below are eight curated headlines from all over the internet with a lovely 19th century twist. There is a video from the 19th Century . . . Victorian porn, if you will (and totally safe for work!) In a slightly more shocking vein there was a short lived fad of portraits of mothers breast feeding their babies.–At least, that’s the story many are sticking to; they could be wet nurses or just a random baby for aesthetic purposes . . . There is an article on art-ENORMOUSLY large scale art of the Battle of Atlanta, worth the mention. For those Dear Readers, who are more literary inclined there is revelations of covert book cartels in the Eastern Europe in the 1800s. There is also a rendition, more like a police sketch, of the true face of Jane Austen’s beloved Fitzwilliam Darcy . . . and horror of all horrors it does NOT look like Colin Firth! *faints straight away at this news of scandal!* There is a piece on the renovation of the National Library of France in Paris with jaw dropping photographs that are the envy of every librarian in the world. Along similar lines, there is a big push to restore entire 19th century towns/main street-like projects across the pond. I love stories like these and would happily move in! Just let me know where to sign! Lastly in honor of Black History Month in America there is a mini-bio of an African American Civil War veteran as part of a town’s weekly spotlight on the heroes of the war and the many contributions of the African American community.
My darling cousin, Mademoiselle V has a birthday this month, she is almost to the point where she might start saying “Oh I am nine and twenty . . . again.” I have tapped my closest cousin for her top eight from her birthday list. I have taken her wishes and given them a 19th century spin for February’s shopping post! Below you will find a slew of gifts and perhaps some insight into her personality and why I adore her so much. All photographs are linked to their shopping website, unless otherwise noted.
Candles. Mlle V loves her scented candles, but by rule is not fond of floral notes. My kind of gal! She prefers the muskier, woodsier aromas. Un Soir a L’Opera is a very unique take on scented candles; inspired by opera and ballets. La Bayedere, pictured below is a sumptuous and captivating candle, drawing its inspiration from 19th century India, where the ballet unfolds. Head notes: Cinnamon, cumin, and saffron. Heart notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, and violet. Bottom notes: Musk, cedar, and vanilla.
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This month is just blurring by! Really? A fortnight already?! Heavens to Betsy, time certainly flies. Luckily, this does not pertain to our first news post of the year at 19th Century Modern. Naturally there are some political tie-ins with America’s Presidential Inauguration by peeking into the “Trump of the Past.” It seems marginally optimistic. Only history will tell how our new President did. In the same vein, an article on mini-bios (a fan favorite topic) of 19th century female pioneers made the list. As a micro-shopping post in its own right, there is a curated short list of Jane Austen inspired candles from various companies to include as part of your new Hygge routine. Another literature inspired headline incorporates innovative library art. There is also a vignette on half a dozen scandalous news of the 19th century. News on News? This is getting practically, meta! An entire 19th century village for sale, a piece on the famous selfie obsessed celebrity from the 1800s and a special time capsule reveal, round out the other offerings this January.
If there ever was a holiday that is synonymous with Victorians, it is Christmas. At first, this was great for 19th Century Modern. It made filling out the monthly news post fairly easy. After a time, it has been more difficult to find news that does not pertain to “standard” Dickens Christmas, Victorian Tea, or some fundraiser showcasing the traditional holiday pageantry of the 1800s. All of that is well and good, but I want something . . . well, . . . new, hence the term “News.” So December has now become my most challenging month to hunt for spins on the old Victorian Christmas and other delightful randomness. The results? An interesting blend in the form of eight share-worthy headlines!
The curated list below includes a dreadful book malaise and a record breaking overdue fee. It is the Librarian in me. What can I say? I love this stuff! Another beautiful Victorian home is up for sale. A steampunk keyboard shows up and might be the perfect last minute gift for the gear-head on your Christmas list. Oh! There is an article about Victorian names the author really thinks ought to make a comeback. Personally, I disagree on a few of her choices, but I shall let you be the judge. A fun random bit includes culture clash, espionage, and testosterone-laden feats of cunning and daring-do! Lastly, there are two headlines that rift on the good ol’ 19th century Christmas, because honestly . . .