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This edition's theme: "All Things Victorian"
Volume 11 No. 1


Victorian Cottage Charm
Cottage furniture became popular in the United States, particularly in summer along the East Coast, after the Civil War. Pieces began appearing in workshops and then homes of the wealthy in places like Martha's Vineyard, Cape May, and the Berkshires. But the popularity of these items didn’t remain exclusively with the upper class. As the middle class grew, equally elegant, but relatively reasonably priced versions began to appear in the homes of the nation’s growing work force, particularly in Pennsylvania and New England.
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Beauty and Strength in Paper
When someone says papier-maché today, most people think back to the days in school art classes when they soaked strips of paper in mixture of flour and water and made a variety of shapes, including puppet heads and fruit, and weird sculptures. But papier-maché had a much more elegant past that’s little known today. During the early 19th century, every household had a least one useful object made of papier-maché.
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When Death Came A-Calling
The Victorians had almost an obsession with death. This developed out of the harshness of life during their time and because of certain life-changing events of the day. During the Victorian period, certain "rules" existed regarding mourning. When a death occurred in the family, the servants were provided mourning garments by the family. The color and clothing adornment also reflected the event. The color and type of changes to clothing indicated who in the family had died.
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Gathering Around the Parlor Stove
The parlor stove not only brought warmth to the Victorian parlor but also to country stores, shops, churches, schools and other public buildings. Social life for Victorians often centered around these iron monstrosities before the modern age of televisions, smartphones, and laptop computers. Like the wireless radio that came after them, parlor stoves provided families with a warm place to gather, tell stories, and socialize.

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For Every Food There is a Dish
Dining in the homes of wealthy Victorians was an experience. Not only did the etiquette of the day dictate who sat where, decorum at the dinner table, and conversational protocol, it also dictated what dish was to be used with which food and which utensil should be used to eat it.
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A Look Inside a
Victorian Home

by Bob Brooke

There are lots of Victorian houses still in existence across the country. People live in most of them. Some of them have grand restored interiors and exteriors while others have fallen on hard times. A very few have been turned into museums, compared to houses dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. One such house, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, has been lovingly preserved as an example of Victorian living from the 1860s to the 1880s.
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On a Bicycle Built
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by Bob Brooke

Bicycles have been an important part of American life since the first crude one appeared in 1818. People use them for transportation, racing, touring, as well as for everyday exercise. In China and The Netherlands, they’re an inexpensive way to get around.
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How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.                 Read an Excerpt


Joe DiMaggio's Patek Philippe Sells for $281,000

A highlight of Christie's “An Evening of Exceptional Watches” sale was Joe DiMaggio’s Patek Phillipe Ref. 130, a watch he owned for more than 50 years, which sold for $281,250, including buyer’s premium.    
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