Evidently February AND March are kicking my behind with back-to-back crazy activities and unexpected expenses. –How are you faring, Dear Readers? Ready to move beyond your own little dramas and catch up on the news? I am! *raises hand*
Below are the eight headlines for March. If you think Victorian is staid and stuffy you are in for real surprise, when you learn the 19th century’s authors tips and symbolism to the hotter sex scenes than 50 Shades of Grey. Pictures galore speculate on the nature of gentlemanly displays of affection from one man to another. Was it culturally acceptable at that time? It makes one wonder when the “Macho Man” ideal came into play, here in the United States. In a similar vein, in the 1800s hardcore science was for “wimps” or those who batted for the other team. Really?! Read more on it below. Another article addresses sexism. For those foodies, there is a piece on Victorian on local Southwestern Victorian fare. Talk about a fascinating niche market! Looking for stylish 19th century trains? Thomas can assist you in your endeavors. It is rare to find information on 19th century Hawai’i since their monarchy was in decline and colonialism was turning ugly, learn some new history. Lastly, as a nod to Arizona, there is an article about the my state’s largest annual Steampunk convention with a slew of pictures to ogle at!
Time for a little fun! All over the internet you can find photographic portraits from the 1800s. Many people are “convinced” some modern day celebrities are “time travelers and vampires” from various times in history, as their likeness springs up in these old pictures and paintings. What the Twin Stranger phenomenon has discovered in its quest to prove the theory “everybody has seven doppelgangers in this world,” is that ‘identical looks’ do not equate to same genetics. In fact, look-a-likes are often from different haplogroups, which makes it impossible for the individuals to be related by blood as far back as 60,000 years ago. Before casually passing it off as reincarnation, those who seriously believe in a soul reincarnating throughout time are in agreement that the physical features never replicate. Meaning the picture floating around of the dapper gentleman from the 1930s who is a spitting image of Jay Z, is not, Jay Z nor any genetic ancestor, but just a different soul with a remarkable likeness. . . of course, maybe the person IS related to the Carter’s, but it is not sure fire proof.
All seriousness aside, it is just fun to speculate on the similarities and to try to match images to modern celebrities! Not going to lie. Below are eight 19th century photographs of various people. I cropped out the side by side comparisons because I do not want you, Dear Readers, to be predisposed to the “can’t be unseen” syndrome. Who do YOU think these people look like?? Perhaps you see someone else that others haven’t. I think the likeness is rather obvious, especially since many of the examples have been on the internet for quite some time. Who knows???
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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.