A good friend at work knows how I love Victorian dolls and thing of the past, brought me an American Girl doll in need of a good loving home and some serious medical attention. I think she is Samantha. She has one hand badly eaten by a dog, hair was tangled and matted.
I saved her from being thrown out. I plan to send her to the American Girl Doll Hospital. She will be in good health by May for the American Doll Tea Party at Hearthside
The History of Samantha Parkington: this doll was released in 1986, along with Kirsten Larson and Molly McIntire. They were American Girl's first three Historical Characters. Samantha was officially archived May 2009 after selling out Feb 3, 2009.
I live in an old Providence apartment building over looking the
The building was built in the early 1900's.
I has very high
ceiling and large parlor windows.
“It has a lovely built-in china
cabinet in the dining room. The Parlor of the apartment has the old cozy
charm of it's era." I have decorated my home to reflect my
lifestyle". Lots of dolls, lace and doilies.
Many pictures of ladies in
nineteenth century dress grace the walls. I have purchased some
things of vintage reproduction because I finds the authentic too costly.
“I do collect tea pots, cup and tea items. I will spend more for them
than I should.”
I would like to highlight women who have inspired me on my journey to becoming a Victorian Lady. They have so much knowledge, grace and style, They are my mentors.
This is the lovely Lady Carolyn,******* Her show is delightful!
The Lovely Sarah A, Chrisman.******* Now this is my dear friend and motivator, Pat Perry.****** I enjoy her guest interaction style to her presentation.The perfect Victorian Lady She is amazing. Kandi Carle is The Victorian Lady.*******
I found this articular quite interesting. Read and tell me your thoughts.
Victorian masculinity From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Men's fashions in the 1870s. During the long reign of Queen Victoria
over the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901, there were certain social
expectations that the separate genders were expected to adhere to. The
study of Victorian masculinity is based on the assumption that "the
construction of male consciousness must be seen as historically
specific." The concept of Victorian masculinity is extremely diverse,
since it was influenced by numerous aspects and factors such as
domesticity, economy, gender roles, imperialism, manners, religion,
sporting competition, and much more. Some of these aspects seem to be
quite naturally related to one another, while others seem profoundly
non-relational. For the males, this included a vast amount of pride in
their work, a protectiveness over their wives, and an aptitude for good
social behavior. The concept of Victorian masculinity is a topic of
interest in the context of Cultural Studies with a special emphasis on
Gender studies. Historically, it is tied to the Victorian era in the
United Kingdom. The topic is of much current interest in the areas of
history, literary criticism, religious studies, and sociology. Those
virtues that survived until today are of special interest to the
researchers: the 'dominance of the Western male'. The
concept itself shifted about the middle of the nineteenth century from a
focus on a desired achievement of Christian maturity to a focus on
Victorian Dating Traditions
The Victorian era began with Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1837 and
ended with her death in 1901. Her reign over Great Britain and Ireland
set a stricter moral tone for much of European and American society. By
1890, the British Empire had claimed a quarter of the world through
colonization, yet domestic life became increasingly limited, as social
expectations were set by the Victorian period’s cultural emphasis on
propriety. Because of this, courtship was an extremely codified affair.
Victorian Social Climate “Victorian” became a synonym for prudery at the
turn of the last century, largely because Victorian culture prized
sexual restraint and banned any talk of physical love from the public
sphere. Women of the middle and upper classes were expected to conform
to the sentimental idealization promoted by the literature and art of
the time. Even the fashions of the day, like tight corsets and hoop
skirts, symbolized the rigid structure women were expected to live
within. Maintaining a spotless reputation was essential for both men and
women, and once each was of marriageable age, there was a timetable and
script to follow to matrimony. Coming Out Once a young woman was done
with her schooling, she would be presented to society to show she was in
the market for a husband. A girl’s "coming out" depended on her
parent’s resources. Wealthy families might hold a series of parties,
middle-class families generally held one private party or dance, and
girls from working class families usually did without a celebration and
simply signaled they were of age by wearing their hair up, dressing in
long skirts and joining the adults for dinner and on social calls. Out
and About Young, unmarried women were never left alone with men who
weren’t relatives, and they could not leave the house without a
chaperone. When there was romantic interest, the young man was expected
to act as the pursuer. Men were cautioned not to pay too much attention
to a woman unless he was serious about her and also financially ready
for marriage -- or soon to be. Yet with little privacy, young couples
lacked the opportunity to get to know each other well before confronting
the question of marriage. The Working-Class Exception Working-class
families couldn't afford the formality of demanding that dating be done
entirely in public. Poor couples generally made an effort to be as
respectable as their wealthier counterparts, but the rules were more
lax. Once a working-class couple decided to marry, they could socialize
together with only a younger sibling as a chaperon. Premarital sex was
tolerated in such cases, because announcing an engagement was considered
a verbal contract. http://classroom.synonym.com/dating-traditions-during-victorian-period-14732.html
"The couple is the bedrock of the nation. Without it there is no family, no people. Without couples there can be no family to procreate and rear confident, untroubled, anchored children. No viable, community-respecting generation can be born to continue the process of life, living, building and defending. African American couples must be whole, individually and as one. They must be able to trust themselves and each other implicitly. And that is what makes it imperative that we carefully choose our mates for African reasons. We must choose with vision. For we are the vanguard. Our unions have purpose far greater than the wants or needs of either member individually or the couple together. We do not bemoan this privilege. In fact, it is just the opposite. We are soldiers in love with forming beautiful families; rearing happy, thinking children; building strong, lasting communities; raising a mighty nation and removing all enemies. For Afrikan warrior scholar complements, there is no other reason for being."
Complementarity: Thoughts for Afrikan Warrior Couples
have always had a passion for the Victorian fashions and was curious
about what the African American wore during the Victorian era. The
Victorian era was from 1837 to 1901. Though much research it seems that
the African American woman began to wear the Victorian fashions after
the Civil War.
The America Civil War was from 1861-1865. Many free blacks in the North were wearing the fashions long before that.. Now, just remember, prior to the American Civil War, women were gaining a sense of self
that extended beyond their households. While the country was divided
over racial issues, women across the country were also fighting for
their rights, regardless of the color of their skin. African-American
women and European American women alike faced different hurdles, but
were brought together under the common cause of freedom. In order to
succeed they joined together on topics of education, employment, and
civil rights for all women. At
this time the Black women were educated on the fashions of the times.
There were schools for black young ladies to learn the decorum of the
day, They were taught how to dress in the latest Victorian fashion and
how to present themselves in public. Learning the proper social graces
would help then in gaining better position in life for them and their
Black Victorians in late 19th Century America were optimistic, and
hungry for culture and education. Manners ruled the day (and manners
ruled with an iron fist). It was an era where ladies were ladies, men
were gentlemen and corsets were worn tight. During Google search of the Black Victoriana,
I came across some of the most beautiful photographs of the African
descent wearing Victorian fashions, I was so impressed that these
photographs were taken and still in existence for our heritage to value
and hold on to.. http://vintageblackfolk.wordpress.com/19th-century-portraits/
of the first of these photographs that I came across was taken of the
beautiful and talented Sissieretta Jones. I was inspired by how well
dressed she was for the times. These photographs are very important
because they document an aspect of black history that is generally never
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, known as Sissieretta Jones, (January 5, 1868 or 1869 – June 24,1933) was an African-American soprano. She sometimes was called "The Black Patti" in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones' repertoire included grand opera, light opera, and popular music.
Elizabeth Jennings Graham photo source: Kansas Historical Foundation, photo circa 1854-1860
Elizabeth Jennings was a New York City schoolteacher whose 1854
defiance of a streetcar conductor’s order to leave his car helped
desegregate public transit in New York City. With the help of her
prominent father, the wealthy businessman Thomas L. Jennings, she filed
and won a lawsuit against the streetcar company. Thomas L. Jennings, the
first African-American to win a patent, owned a large clothing store
and co-founded the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church.
At this point, I should bring to your attention of the many Black Women and Business Leaders of the 1800s And 1900s.
Christina Carteaux Bannister, businesswoman and “hair doctress”
Christina Carteaux Bannister (pictured right)
was born in Rhode Island
of mixed parentage, but she was most certainly a descendant of slaves
who worked in Rhode Island’s South County. She moved to Boston as a
young woman and took up the trade of hairdressing.
Amassing serious wealth as a self-proclaimed “hair doctress,” Bannister
married Canadian-born painter Edward Bannister and supported her husband
as he became a successful Black artist. The couple were friends and
lived with abolitionist Lewis Hayden and helped provide support to the
David Ruggles, owner of first African-American bookstore
Abolitionist and journalist David Ruggles was instrumental in the
liberation of slaves as part of the famous Underground Railroad. After
learning Latin from a tutor who attended Yale University, Ruggles would
go on to publish works as a printer. A contributing journalist to
popular papers of the time, Ruggles most-notable achievement was opening
the first Black-owned bookstore in New York City.
I am the happiest when I am visiting Art Galleries, Antiques Shops or Museums. On this occasion, attending Johnston & Whales Culinary Museum in Providence, I meet such lovely folks, which will become my life long friends.
Meeting Sylvia Ann Soares for the very first time.
Sylvia Ann Soares--- Happy for the occasion--to meet and know you, Lady Estelle!!
Looking forward to attending more of your elegant appearances.