Category Archives: 1800-1850

Surprising facts about my favorite authors: Jane Austen Edition

Despite having read several biographies of Jane Austen (as well as every bit of her writing I could get my hands on and countless pieces of fan fiction based on said writings) over the years, I never expected to draft … Continue reading

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How to dress American servants in 1828: Roberts’ Guide for Butlers

Roberts’ Guide for Butlers & other Household Staff By Robert Roberts Original Publication: Munroe & Francis, 1827 Reprint: Applewood Books, 1993 This week’s editing job required me to revise a scene from the point of view of the butler in … Continue reading

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The time-honored practice of collecting pew rents

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. Among the original documents tucked away in the archives of the Congregational Church of Needham is the Weekly Calendar for June 15, 1890. The calendar is notable not only for its mention … Continue reading

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More vintage photos: London edition

While working on something else entirely (isn’t that how these things always work?), I stumbled across this small collection of vintage photos from 1800s London on the web, courtesy of the Daily Mail. The exhibit the article references is long gone, … Continue reading

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Vintage photos from the early days of casual photography

That moment when photography becomes part of daily life Last week, the Huffington Post released a series of casual snapshots taken with Kodak’s first mass-market cameras back in 1890. The photos are fascinating. The situations and subjects are the same … Continue reading

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Dr. Josiah Noyes: Doctor, Geologist, Botanist, Lecturer, Surveyor, Astronomer, & Church Founder

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. Notice how that list doesn’t include minister? That’s because the founder of the Congregational Church of Needham was not a minister at all, but Needham’s town doctor. During the first 30 years … Continue reading

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