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Fern-hunting parties became popular, allowing young women to get outside in a seemingly innocuous pursuit with less rigid oversight and chaperoning than they saw in parlors and drawing rooms. They may have even had the occasional romantic meetup with a similarly fern-impassioned beau. — Bree


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Forgive me for being presumptuous and starting this thread before a staff member; I'm reading this book on Paris fashion and it has a lot of great information about our period so I wanted to share it!

Couturiers (such as Worth) would use actresses and other such mannequins to display their new designs. Worth himself would use his own wife as a model and make her wear his newest designs at the racetracks.

Actresses were considered public figures and would be interviewed by gentlemen's magazines and mingle in society. They just wouldn't be invited to any "respectable" balls. In any case, in spite of their Working Class position in life, they'd still be able to go out and about and mingle in society!

It wasn't important for debutantes to be well dressed in order to attract a husband, but rather for her mother to do so. That was because debutantes themselves wouldn't really talk with their prospective suitors. Her mother served, in a way, as a promise as to what her daughter could become. Basically, the cooler your mother was, the better your marriage prospects.
^ which I realize can't really happen on here, otherwise, debs would be super boring and would only thread with their friends and mom xD

Riding habits were made by tailors rather than dressmakers, seeing that the design of that dress was more masculine than that of a regular dress.

The book is called Paris Fashion; A Cultural History by Valerie Steele!


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Worth's difference from other couturiers was that he made his clients chose from a series of models which were then created according to the measurements of his clients. Up until now, couturiers would mostly strive to create what their customers had in mind.


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Because of the popularity of mustaches, in 1870, a specialized cup was invented by a British potter named Harvey Adams. This lasted until 1900 when the fad of big mustaches began to die out. These cups came in various shapes and sizes, depending on what amount of liquid you needed.

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Owls are considered very magical animals due to their ability to track down the recipient of a letter no matter whether or not there's an address attached to their name. On the other hand, pigs are considered very non-magical because of how difficult they are to charm. A fear/disliking of pigs has traditionally been seen as a sign of pureblood heritage!

It makes me giggle, because muggleborn Dionisia Tweedy is very self-conscious about her non-magical heritage has a piglet patronus


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I was reading Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management, because this is obviously what I should be doing at 3:30 am, and I stumbled across some cool information that I may have needed for whatever reason ;)

Quote:"In civil cases, a wife may now give evidence on behalf of her husband in criminal cases she can neither be a witness for or against her husband. The case of assault by him upon her forms an exception to this rule."

Quote:"The law does not at this day admit the ancient principle of allowing moderate correction by a husband upon the person of his wife. Although this is said to have been anciently limited to the use of “a stick not bigger than the thumb,” this barbarity is now altogether exploded."

Quote:" All men over twenty-one years of age, and of sound mind, and all unmarried women of like age and sanity, may by will bequeath their property to whom they please. Infants, that is, all persons under twenty-one years of age, and married women, except where they have an estate to their “own separate use,” are incapacitated, without the concurrence of the husband; the law taking the disposal of any property they die possessed of."

Quote:"A person convicted of felony cannot make a will, unless subsequently pardoned; neither can persons outlawed; but the wife of a felon transported for life may make a will, and act in all respects as if she were unmarried. A suicide may bequeath real estate, but personal property is forfeited to the crown."

Quote:"In leaving a legacy to a married woman, if no trustees are appointed over it, and no specific directions given, “that it is for her sole and separate use, free from the control, debts, and incumbrances of her husband,” the husband will be entitled to the legacy. In the same manner a legacy to an unmarried woman will vest in her husband after marriage, unless a settlement of it is made on her before marriage."

There's also a bunch of stuff about babies and I'm shook:

Quote:"We must strenuously warn all mothers on no account to allow the nurse to sleep with the baby, never herself to lay down with it by her side for a night’s rest, never to let it sleep in the parents’ bed, and on no account keep it, longer than absolutely necessary, confined in on atmosphere loaded with the breath of many adults."

Quote:"Nursemaids would do well to repeat to the parents faithfully and truly the defects they observe in the dispositions of very young children. If properly checked in time, evil propensities may be eradicated; but this should not extend to anything but serious defects; otherwise, the intuitive perceptions which all children possess will construe the act into “spying” and “informing,” which should never be resorted to in the case of children, nor, indeed, in any case."


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This article has officially murdered me.

SO APPARENTLY in the latter half of the 19th century, there was this thing called "fern fever" or "Pteridomania", which basically was where all the young ladies had an obsession with collecting ferns and putting them in decorative boxes?? It became so popular that there was the euphemism of "maidenhair fern" which was ... pubic hair?

This is what really kills me:
Quote:Fern-hunting parties became popular, allowing young women to get outside in a seemingly innocuous pursuit with less rigid oversight and chaperoning than they saw in parlors and drawing rooms. They may have even had the occasional romantic meetup with a similarly fern-impassioned beau.

/brb hosting a fern-hunting party
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I'm sure you people already knew this BUT SOME MIGHT NOT and I think it should be utilized more IC

Quote:The Language of the Flowers was a popular method to express feelings where words might be improper, but did you know other means of doing so? Some ladies used their parasols, as well as their fans, gloves, and hankies to flirt with a gentleman (or alternatively, tell them to shove it!).
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