The term “Crazy Quilt” refers to a type of patchwork quilt that was wildly popular in the late 1800s. But it could also credit those who attempted the stitchery.
In 1884, Harper’s Bazaar estimated that a full-sized quilt might take 1,500 hours to complete! If a Victorian sewed 8 hours per day, the masterpiece would be complete in 187 days. Otherwise measured as 26 weeks or half a year.
Fashioned from irregularly shaped pieces of fabric in a variety of exotic materials, Crazy quilts were especially trendy among urban, upper-class Victorian women. And this is why. . .
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From greetings to farewells, the English vernacular has altered a great deal since the days of Queen Victoria. Many words and phrases have faded from daily vocabulary. However, MentalFloss proposes there are 56 delightful Victorian slang terms you should be using today.
To improve upon your Victorian language, review the list of slang below!
Debutantes did not do dishes.
They were taught piano and guided in the art of flirtation. However, once married, they realized their inadequacies. How, in fact, did one manage a household?
“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” became an acclaimed necessity, answering all of their questions.
And her insight holds to this day.
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. . .
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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