Whole lotta love

I’m not one for all that mushy stuff, but I do love pop culture and a well thought out pun. Here, for your Valentine’s Day enjoyment are some silly notes found from around the internet to send friends, loved ones, and those you just find superrad.

UPDATE: Oh oh! I forgot these!

Please feel free to add more in the comments section!







The Bathing Corset: 1887-1897

Mrs Daffodil Digresses

A beach corset http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/158023?rpp=30&pg=1&ft=bathing&pos=3 A beach corset c. 1902 http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/158023?rpp=30&pg=1&ft=bathing&pos=3


New York, Aug. 21. Seashore millinery art has so far advanced that not only do bathing dresses cost as much as many a woman’s whole outfit, but special water-proof corsets are made and sold at such prices that it would take a sewing girl’s week’s wages to buy a single pair. The old loose flannel bathing dress was so awkward and hideous that no one thought of wearing of a corset with it. It was beyond beautifying. With the coming of pretty and neat bathing dresses that fitted the figure like a tailor made jacket, women began to see the need of something to make their waists and busts as shapely in the water as on shore. Modern bathing does not consist so much of actual contact with and immersion in the water as posing and fascinating on the sands. To do this…

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From Morning Dresses to Evening Gowns: A Day in Victorian Fashion

Mimi Matthews

“One of the great arts of dressing well is to know that what is appropriate to a morning négligé would be out of place in an afternoon, and would not do at all for the evening.”
Beeton’s Young Englishwoman, 1875.

Individual Collage Images via Met Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art.

During the Victorian era, ladies of the middle and upper classes changed their gowns multiple times each day.  There were morning dresses, walking dresses, visiting dresses, and evening gowns—to name just a few—each suited for a particular time of day and a particular setting.  The fashionable Victorian lady was well aware of these subtle differentiations and would no more wear a morning dress to dinner than a nightgown to a ball.  So, you may ask, what did she where and when?  In today’s article, we look at a few stylish options from the 1870s.

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“Solving Woman’s Oldest Hygienic Problem in a New Way”: A History of Period Products

Books, Health and History

By Johanna Goldberg, Information Services Librarian

This is part of an intermittent series of blogs featuring advertisements from medical journals. You can find the entire series here.

For the past few weeks, subway-riding New Yorkers have been surrounded by advertisements for absorbent underwear, the latest in a long history of products designed for use during menstruation.

But what did people use before the era of special undies, tampons, pads, and cups? Very little is known about pre-20th century methods, but historians believe (and oral history interviews confirm) that many relied on homemade cloth or paper pads or diapers pinned to belts and strings. Some women reused these items, while others disposed of them after one use.1,2 Other women—even going back to ancient Rome—fashioned their own tampons from absorbent wool, fibers, paper, sponges, and other materials.3

Things began to change in the mid-1800s. Between 1854 and 1921…

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Binder’s Labels and Trade Cards: Or, Paratexts that Transformed Books into Advertisements

The Adverts 250 Project

Readers who visit regularly know that I usually post extended commentary about methodological issues on Fridays, but I would like to depart from that today. It has been a while since I featured any marketing materials other than the day’s featured advertisement. When I expanded this project from Twitter to a blog I intended to use the “extra” space available to incorporate posts exploring other aspects of advertising in eighteenth-century America more regularly. After all, my handle on Twitter is @TradeCardCarl, so let’s see some trade cards!

In addition, in the course of my research I have identified more than a dozen forms of printed ephemera that circulated as advertising in eighteenth-century America, including trade cards, magazine wrappers, billheads, furniture labels, catalogues, and broadsides. I would like the Adverts 250 Project to explore all of those, even as it remains faithful to its primary mission, a “new” newspaper advertisement featured…

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New York’s 1849 skyline seen from Union Square

Ephemeral New York

The square itself looks different—it’s oval, first of all, and that’s some water spray from the new Croton fountain.


But amazingly, the streets are instantly recognizable in this 1849 bird’s eye lithograph by Swiss immigrant printmaker John Bachmann.

There’s Broadway, with that slight bend at Grace Church (built just one year earlier), and Fourth Avenue, which still curves east at about 12th Street.

Steeples and ship masts dominate Lower Manhattan. The George Washington statue has yet to arrive in at the southeast corner of Union Square (that comes in 1856), and the theaters and music halls that made 14th Street the city’s entertainment district are a decade or so away.

The level of detail is amazing and inspiring. And look at how built up New York is compared to this same view in 1828.

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