Category: History

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A Death Photo is Worth a Thousand Words

Post-mortem photography is one mourning ritual that did not survive the Victorian era. These photographs (also known as death photos, mourning portraits or memorial portraits) were, as the name implies, taken of a deceased person. They were popular almost from the invention of photography until around 1900 when it became possible for ordinary people to own a […]

Edwardian era History Victorian era Women's history

Women Behind the Wheel: The Freedom of Driving

The stereotype is that women drivers are bad drivers. This stereotype no doubt got its start in the early days of the 20th century when motoring was thought of as a male pursuit. Some pioneering women thought it was all nonsense. A woman could operate an automobile just as well as a man. Women were […]

History Lucretia's World Rose's World Victorian era

Victorians Take Credit for These Customs and Traditions

Have you ever stopped to think about the origins of many of the customs and traditions we hold dear?  Most of these customs and traditions feel like they have been around forever, but many have existed for less than 200 years and originated with the Victorians. Here are three notable examples.  The list, however, goes […]

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Canada: Our Fascinating Neighbor to the North

I have been a history lover for many years, and I am obsessed with World War I to the point of addiction.  This focus has grown to include Canada and its history. Why, you may ask, would an American be interested in Canada? It began with the conception of my novel, Angel of Mercy. The […]

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Bow to the Power of Mother Nature: Galveston Hurricane of 1900

On Sept. 8, 1900, a hurricane ripped through Galveston, then Texas’s largest city, and became one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The city was important to the shipping industry and was a vacation spot for the wealthy.  It also was technologically forward, introducing telephones and electricity before many other cities. A Brewing […]

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Public Displays of Mourning — the Victorians and Edwardians

We live in a day and age where sex tapes make people celebrities, and the thought of our mortality makes people uncomfortable. There was once a time when the opposite was true. People were aware of the shadow of death, and mourning was a public activity. Their sex lives, on the other hand, were never […]

Edwardian era Hettie's World History

Education in the 1910s

In 1900, the U.S. high school graduation rate was six percent. During the 1910s in Canada, the highest level of education the average person completed was grade six. The majority of teachers were women. While this is probably still the case today, women were expected to quit working once they married. In some districts, teachers […]

Books & Publishing Melina's Books the Writing Process World War One

“Mama, We All Go to Hell”

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Who would have guessed a hard rock song could inspire an entire historical fiction novel? But that’s exactly what happened with my novel, Angel of Mercy.  It was inspired entirely by the song “Mama” from My Chemical Romance‘s album Welcome to the Black Parade. The song begins and […]

History United States World War One

WWI: Forgotten in the U.S. But Not Around the World

World War I is the most important event of the 20th century, setting into motion a second world war, the Cold War, and countless political and social revolutions. Most Americans know nothing about it including the fact that Veterans Day, November 11, was Armistice Day. To add insult to injury, there is no national World […]

Edwardian era Melina's Books the Writing Process World War One

History That Speaks to My Soul

History has long been a passion of mine. It began in childhood when my mother read me the Little House on the Prairie series. Since that time, I have read volumes of history books, taken classes for the sure pleasure of learning, watched documentaries, and been drawn to historical fiction movies and television programs, sometimes […]

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