Happy Thanksgiving

Puck Thanksgiving 1905  

Puck Thanksgiving 1905

It's a day of big gratitude for me;  my family, my friends, my readers, my amazing (and patient) publishing team.  And let's not forget  the food and all the good cooks I lucked out in being related to.

May you all have lots of good things to be grateful for, and a happy and delicious Thanksgiving!

Illustration:   Puck Thanksgiving  1905, Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

Happy Valentine's Day

To men of early 20th C, fashionable women must have seemed much too thin.  But a glance through photos of the time shows that it was a matter of perspective.  (To the left is Lina Calvieri, an opera star and great beauty, in 1914.)

Their narrow skirts made them seem like much smaller targets than they'd been some years before.  A century earlier, women of the Regency seemed half-naked in their light muslins, compared to their mothers or grandmothers in the previous century's double-wide skirts.  For more on the topic of changing fashions, I recommend you click on the "historic dress" label at Two Nerdy History Girls, the blog I share with Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott.

Whatever your fashion choices, I hope yours is a very sweet Valentine's Day.

Both illustrations are courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.