You know Dasher & Dancer & Prancer & Vixen. But do you know where these yuletide traditions originated?
The silhouette, sometimes referred to as the Poor Man’s Portrait, was a popular form of portraiture in Victorian England. Prior to the introduction of the photograph, painted portraits were reserved for the wealthy, requiring money and hours of sitting. Silhouettes, however, could be completed in mere minutes by skilled silhouette cutters, who advertised the accuracy... Continue Reading →
While the history of carnival celebrations can be traced across the globe over many centuries, the modern-day carnival concept was truly a 19th century invention, originating at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Shortly thereafter, carnival companies began touring the nation, performing at county fairs and civic events. They lured in the crowds with their tantalizing... Continue Reading →