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"Victoria’s Secret."

As a fan of the Victorian era, this brief, published in The Economist, under the headline, “Victoria’s Secret,” caught my attention.

The short piece, on the “queen’s knickers,” is amusing to me, for the elevated and dignified voice in which it describes, what’s essentially, a humorously raunchy, yet sensitive, topic: royal unmentionables. 149 more words


Queen Victoria

Some exciting news at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Yesterday, Vogue.com had an article by Lynne Yaeger on the newest exhibition at the Met Museum that opened yesterday as well. 116 more words


Spiritualism: a Haunting Pastime

Whenever I explain Steampunk to the uninitiated I always find that I have to say, “oh yeah, and also…” at least 4 times to try to encompass everything the genre/aesthetic can cover. 512 more words


ILLUSTRATOR-O'-THE-DAY: Charles Dana Gibson

Ah, the good ol’ days, when women somehow learned how not to breathe in the name of fashion and men didn’t have pants that sagged WAY beyond what should be allowed in polite company. 295 more words

The First Paragraph: Around the World in Eighty Days

Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished man of the world.

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A Flood Of Ale

It was on this day, 200 years ago, October 17, 1814, that a strange calamity befell London.

A beer vat at the Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road, in London, exploded, spilling more than million liters of porter—an ale native to the capital—in a 15-foot-high frothy tidal wave. 62 more words



Contrary to what you might imagine, this is less an exposition of Conan Doyle’s stories than an entertaining, effective snapshot of forensic science during the Victorian era. 195 more words