Happy birthday to you and a yet-to-be revealed Victorian!
From the creator of Tarzan to business titans, these historic ladies and gentlemen left an impression on their Era — perhaps even an invention. . .
Life was about beauty.
Or rather, it was about obtaining status in marriage. In order to garner the attention of a gentleman, one must be lovely and fair. Therefore, a lady’s toilette held many a hushed secret to “natural” beauty.
Though some treatments proved fruitless (and even toxic), Victorian ladies found a myriad of recipes with nourishing properties such as. . .
They were wives, yes. They were mothers.
But Victorian women accomplished a great deal more than marriage and offspring. The most expensive Fabergé Imperial Egg was created by a 25-year-old female employee named Alma Pihl. Ada Lovelace created the world’s first computer program. Of course, Victoria was the Queen of England and Empress of India.
Not all professions were quite so glamorous. A myriad of strange occupations came to be in the Victorian Era. Why, you could even find employment in delivering meat to cats!
Since long ago in a far away land, roses symbolized passion, kindness, and love.
Being so, it is no wonder two sisters were named after such a flower. Snow White embodied sympathy. A gentle young child, she enjoyed the indoors and assisting their mother with tasks. Complementing her sister, Rose Red cherished prancing about in the fields and playing in the forest.
They were the best of friends, often hand in hand.
Perhaps ’twas the warmth of their love and not the fire that drew a hulking bear to the cottage door.
The expanse of a manicured lawn rolled out as a carpet to Hampton Court.
Lancelot Brown attempted to share his vision of the property. How could he quite explain to Hannah Moore?
“‘Now there’ said he, pointing his finger, ‘I make a comma, and there’ pointing to another spot, ‘where a more decided turn is proper, I make a colon; at another part, where an interruption is desirable to break the view, a parenthesis; now a full stop, and then I begin another subject'”, Moore captured their exchange.
Gentlemen on the streets. Rapscallions in the sheets.
True to form, what is seen isn’t always the most honest portrayal of conduct. These charlatans, these men of passion, enchanted ladies of their time. Poet Lord Byron fashioned She Walks in Beauty. Similarly, artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti committed the loveliness of his muses to canvas.
But what of those bad boys who were more than mere playboys. . ?
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