While I was in the Piccadilly area for the market, I did some serious window shopping. There are so many lovely stores and window displays in this posh neighborhood! I didn’t really have anything in mind, but as soon as … Continue reading A Taste of Victoriana: The Burlington Arcade
Now that I have started tabling during cons to peddle my wares, I don’t get to go to as many talks. Fortunately, there is always wonderful after hours programming at TeslaCon so I can see presentations even after the vendor … Continue reading Get in the “Spirit”: Death in the Afternoon Cocktail
At TeslaCon 2019, I had the opportunity to do a presentation called “Guilty by Gaslamp: Criminals and Detectives of the Steam Era.” It was chock-full of history when it came to the first highly reported on court cases and info … Continue reading Crime or No Crime?
I’ve been fascinated by storms, even after surviving one as a child in my hometown of St. Louis. I’m a storm spotter for the U.S. National Weather Service. I’ve taken some incredible pics of lightning and cloud formations. But my … Continue reading It Was a Disaster! The May 27, 1896 St. Louis Great Cyclone: A Steampunk Journal Series About Unfortunate Events
The History of the Stetson Hat If I told you I saw a cowboy, you would immediately have a picture in your mind of what I meant. Spurs or no spurs, you’d be picturing a man wearing a hat with … Continue reading Hat’s Off to the Stetson
Recently, scientists have sampled DNA from a shawl believed to be present at the scene of a Jack the Ripper murder. The scientists have managed to trace the DNA to the victim Catherine Eddowes. She was one of the so-named … Continue reading Who is Aaron Kosminski?
After over a year living in Greece and Bulgaria back in 2015, the Mister and I decided to take our time getting out to California. We hung out with family, relaxed, and took a looooooong drive from Michigan to the … Continue reading I Fell in Love with Old West During a Cross-Country Drive and Gold Rush Days in Sacramento
It is common knowledge that the Brits love their tea, but it is less common knowledge how this love affair began. If you are looking for a fun way to explore that history, you should try visiting the good ship … Continue reading A Taste of Victoriana: The Cutty Sark
“The green fairy” first twinkled into existence in 1792 in the hands of a French doctor named Pierre Ordinaire. (Yep, his name was basically “Pete Normalguy” but with a better accent). He was looking for a delivery method for wormwood. At the time, people … Continue reading The Origins of Absinthe
Welcome to the next piece in a series of frights. We’ll explore the famous haunts, monsters, and things that go bump in the night of the 1800’s. In this edition, we head to Norfolk, England to learn about mysterious Brown … Continue reading Ghastly Gaslight Shadows: The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall