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Edwardian era History United States Victorian era

Christmas Shopping in a Bygone Era

The commercialization of Christmas began during the Victorian era.  Retailers encouraged consumers to shop for the holidays instead of giving homemade gifts, and shop employees also decorated their shop windows with lavish displays to attract passersby.  The tradition of Christmas shopping was born. So what were the popular gifts in this bygone era?  Let’s find […]

Edwardian era History United States Victorian era

Yes, There Really Was Cocaine in Coca-Cola

We don’t call the soft drink Coca-Cola “Coke” for nothing.  The original formula contained cocaine, but how much is debatable.  The beverage’s syrup was manufactured with the extract of coca leaves – the leaves contain cocaine – and the caffeine rich kola nut. The beverage was one of several coca drinks on the market in […]

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The Iconic Gibson Girl: The Feminine Ideal of the 1890s

Even if you don’t know much about the history of advertising, you’ve probably heard of the Gibson Girl.  The Gibson Girl represented the feminine ideal of the 1890s. She was the first media image of an ideal woman, established society’s preference for an hourglass figure and portrayed the image of the girl next door. The Gibson […]

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