History

VICTORIAN & EDWARDIAN CHRISTMAS CARDS

In Europe, well wishers sent handmade paper greeting cards as early as the 15th century; Valentine cards were especially popular. Beginning around 1400, religious minded Germans exchanged ‘Andachtsbilders’: New Year’s greeting cards printed from woodcuts. Since these cards were handmade…
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SHAW’S CORNER: George Bernard Shaw’s Country House

Although Nobel Prize winning playwright George Bernard Shaw was born and raised in Dublin, he made England his home for over 74 years. In the 1880s and ‘90s, Shaw’s work as a theater and music critic necessitated a London address….
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DOWNSTAIRS AT DOWNTON: THE MEN

    We’ve all enjoyed watching Carson as Downton Abbey’s butler, or gotten irritated at footman Thomas Barrow, but what exactly do these positions entail? Why is there a first, second and third footman? And what is an underbutler? Before…
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SLEUTHS IN TIME

This is a literary birth announcement for Sleuths in Time, a group of authors who spend their time writing, reading, and enjoying historical mysteries. D. E. Ireland is pleased to be counted among them. Our purpose is not only to…
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