Another good post by a talented blogger.
Here’s something from the book Innocence and Decadence: Flowers in Northern European Art 1880-1914, (which is a very good book by the way, and can be bought here!) from the chapter “Flowering Symbols”:
In the nineteenth century, flowers became used as a highly sophisticated “code” for expressing emotions and ideas. As a consequence, a close relationship between flowers and language originated, and flower poetry in particular took flight, though in novels, too, flowers were presented as the “messenger” of emotions and central thruths, which could range from everyday feelings, love, faith, and morality to decidedly mystical ideas. Charts were even drawn up in which flowers and scents were assicoated with a particular spiritual condition of the soul.
However, the symbolism of a given flower was not unequivocal. Depending on the situation, flowers could have various symbolic meanings and the same bloom in a different coulour could even mean…
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I thought this was a really good post. Enjoy!
In the victorian era, a healthy and natural complexion was valued (or pale and delicate look), especially for young people. However, makeup was used, but it was a bit of a taboo and certainly not to be revealed to others. Here is a fragment from An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa M. Alcott, the writer of Little Women. I would not recommend it for reading since it’s quite full of Victorian morals for young girls and therefore quite boring, but it does have some good bits.
Maud went; and as soon as the door was shut Tom rose on his elbow, saying, in a cautiously lowered voice:
“Fan, does Trix paint?”
“Yes, and draws too,” answered Fanny, with a sly laugh.
“Come, you know what I mean; I’ve a right to ask and you ought to tell,” said Tom, soberly, for he was beginning to find that being…
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…for all you Victorian Era lovers out there…
A WordPress blog I really like is http://19thcentury.wordpress.com/. It’s very interesting and fun to read, especially this article here: http://19thcentury.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/girls-make-up/.
Have fun reading!
Oh, and have a great summer!
You can test your skills here: http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/includes/gamepopup.asp?movie=/images/our_attractions/flash/dressVictorian.swf&width=645&height=495&id=dressVictorian&name=dressVictorian&bgColor=ffffff;.
I know I’m basically just blogging games, but I’m not in the mood just now to do more. Sorry.
The URL for the post about the photography game was supposed to be http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/keys/games/16. Sorry for the mix-up!
This game is also really fun: http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/keys/games/17.
You can play either as a client or an apprentice at a renowned photography studio in the 1870’s. This is actually really interesting (for me)!
Happy Gaming (again)!
Sorry that I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve been busy lately and I just kinda forgot.
Anyway, sometimes when I don’t feel like writing I play online games–that help with my research.
This one: http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/keys/games/17 is one of my favorites.
You can play either as a Victorian lady or a Victorian gentleman. You’ll be asked different questions on etiquette for different situations. If you get it wrong, they’ll tell you why. And if you get it right, they’ll tell you why. I think it’s a nice way to combine online gaming and researching.