19th Century Ghosts

Book Review: Victorian Secrets, a Corset Memoir

When Sarah Chrisman’s husband gave her a corset for her 29th birthday, little did she know how much it would change her life.

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Finally Published! Mustache Article in Atlas Obscura

I recently published an article based on my master’s thesis about Darwinism and facial hair. Take a look here!

The Victorian Penchant for Plumage

Naturalia bloomed in the Victorian period. People filled their parlors with ferns, terrariums, aquariums, shell collections, and taxidermy. Fondness for the natural world literally translated from parlor to person. Flowers, fruit, furs, birds, feathers, reptiles, and mice were popular decoration for the fashionable accessories of the late nineteenth-century and predominantly so on women’s hats.

[Image credit: Silk bonnet with birds, ca. 1890, Metropolitan Museum of Art]

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Film Review: 10 Days in a Madhouse

The movie Ten Days in a Madhouse  recently premiered, which is based on Victorian journalist Nellie Bly’s exposé on the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York City. As a costumed interpreter of the famous journalist and overall Nellie Bly fan, I felt obligated to see the film. So, one morning, I, along with three senior citizens, sat for approximately two hours of disappointment.

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Becoming Nellie Bly

I recently debuted my living history presentation, “From Sidelines to Headlines: The Intrepid Nellie Bly” at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT.

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