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Happy Birthday to You: The History of Birthday Traditions

How did you celebrate your last birthday?  Chances are you had a party that featured a cake decorated with candles.  Did you ever take time to think where these traditions got their start?  If you guessed in the Victorian era, you’d be wrong.  Most are much older. Let’s examine the origins of some of our […]

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School Kids in 1903 Explain Why Thanksgiving Turkeys are Important

Kids Say the Darndest Things may be a television show, but kids have been saying what’s on their minds –  and amusing adults – for centuries.  In 1903, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa asked the city’s school children to pen an essay on Thanksgiving turkeys. A sampling of the essays were published on Nov. […]

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What Affect Does Birth Order Have on Personality?

Families in the 19th and early 20th centuries often had large families.  What affect does birth order have personality?  This is a question I considered while creating the Steward family in Angel of Mercy. Birth order and personality wasn’t something people considered until the 1920s.  That’s when Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler first theorized that birth […]

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Victorian and Edwardian Orphans: Nothing Like Their Fictional Counterparts

In the 19th and parts of the 20th centuries, orphans, abandoned children, runaways and children those whose parents were too poor to take care of them ended up in orphanages. Orphanages were funded by public charities. They provided orphans with a home, education, food and clothing. Many of these institutions, however, were overcrowded and underfunded, […]

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Parenting Styles in the 1910s

Today, parenting styles tend to lean toward warm and nurturing. This style is a modern trend. For much of history, children lived hard lives, without much of a childhood. Childhood as we know it is a Victorian invention. A parent’s job is to prepare children for life as productive members of society. In the late […]

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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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