I sometimes feel as if I was meant to be born in another age.
Me in my attire for book club, putting on a hat
I may be romanticizing the "good ole' days". As a matter of fact, I know I am! I know that women had barely any rights, that there was slavery in America, that there were thousands of starving people while others simply sat and had cream tea.
But I feel like there was always a certain elegance, and value for things. For example, nowadays everyone just goes and buys new clothes all the time, and jewelry and shoes and such. But back then, things would have not been as readily available to everyone, and everyone sewed by hand. Sewing machines didn't even go into mass production until the 1850s. So, since garments took so long to make, they would be valued more.
Letters were still written, instead of just emails and texts and those other short robot messages that fragment your brain. People couldn't just call someone on the phone. Perhaps they would send a servant, if they could afford to keep one!
Only a couple of thing capture my 'romantic visions of the past'. Lark Rise to Candleford is one of them. It is a show set in Victorian England, about a thriving market town, Candleford, and a more lower-class hamlet village, Lark Rise. A teenage girl, Laura Timmons, leaves her home in Lark Rise to go eight miles and work in the post office in Candleford.
|Twister Turrel, from Lark Rise to Candleford|
|American graduation photo from 1912. Dushor, Pennsylvania.|
|Queenie Turrel, also from Lark Rise to Candleford|
|1905 - Edwardian croquet party on the lawn at Forres Cottage|
|Madame Aline Vallandri|
|Miss Evelyn Beresford|
I also just love thinking about the talented poets of the times, like Emily Dickinson and Emily Bronte (those two are my favorites). I like imagining what their lives were like, what inspired them.
And there was wonderful literature, obviously. Like "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton, one of my favorite books.
That "age of innocence", which I think of to be from about 1795 to the beginning of WWI, also saw the making and use of many inventions: the light-bulb and sewing machine and countless others. There was the coming of the railroad, a subject covered extensively in the BBC show Cranford. It is based off of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel of the same name, and is set in early Victorian England.
|A wedding from Lark Rise to Candleford|
|Tasha Tudor and goat|