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In the first half of the early 1870s, Winslow Homer made a series of dinner-horn images. This painting, "The Dinner Horn (Blowing the Horn at Seaside)" is the first in that series.

The woman is described as "a farmer’s daughter and maid of all work, just from the kitchen . . . blowing the dinner horn" for the farm workers in the distant field. Breezy and fresh, "The Dinner Horn" captures a moment in time. Imagine you are standing in the space created by this work of art. Describe the look and feel of the sun.

Winslow Homer, "The Dinner Horn (Blowing the Horn at Seaside)," 1870, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

(from National Gallery of Art FB pg)
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Many happy returns of the day to Alfred Lord Tennyson, born today in 1809, Somersby, Lincolnshire, England.

Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign, in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Tennyson is the 9th most quoted writer.

Do you have a favorite Tennyson quote?

(posted by David James in Victorian History on FB, Aug. 6, 2015)
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers,
And I linger on the shore;
And the individual withers,
And the world is more and more..."

And one of his best poems:
(song found thanks to [ profile] elenbarathi)

On either side of the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road run by
To many-towered Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver, / Little breezes dusk and shiver... )
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Alfred Stevens (1823 - 1906)
Un soir à la mer
oil on panel ; 64.7 by 45 cm
Private collection

(from Elina Bell's FB pg)
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You can see the photo and watch the video here , it's really fascinating!

"Ever wonder where a Lemon Drop got its name? I always thought it was because of the shape, but it turns out that’s not the case.

This video from Florida-based candy shop Public Displays of Confection shows off their painstakingly restored 19th century candy drop maker as they make something called a Nectar Drop.
Watch all the way through for the super gratifying end. (via Metafilter)"
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A romantic and picturesque view of Heidelberg Castle in the moonlight by Georg OE Sahl, 1851.

(from The Love of Art FB pg)
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In several of the Punch magazines from 1909 there were a series of illustrations called 'Mr. Punch's Motor-Cars' that featured different types of vehicles that were designed for specific trades or interests.
One had a large basket for catching people that was titled 'For Recruiting Officers' and another was a rolling library and was 'For Literary Boomsters.'

The one for the April 14 edition is of special interest here.

It may not look exactly like Holmes, but it's close enough for my comfort.

(from Historical Sherlock FB page)
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The Knocker-up

A knocker-up (sometimes known as a knocker-upper) was a profession in Britain and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution and at least as late as the 1920s (mid 50s in Manchester, England. UK) before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up's job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time.

The knocker-up used a truncheon or short, heavy stick to knock on the clients' doors or a long and light stick, often made of bamboo, to reach windows on higher floors. At least one of them used a pea-shooter. In return, the knocker-up would be paid a few pence a week. The knocker-up would not leave a client's window until they were sure that the client had been awoken.

A knocker upper would also use a 'snuffer outer' as a tool to rouse the sleeping. This implement was used to put out gas lamps which were lit at dusk and then needed to be extinguished at dawn.

There were large numbers of people carrying out the job, especially in larger industrial towns such as Manchester. Generally the job was carried out by elderly men and women but sometimes police constables supplemented their pay by performing the task during early morning patrols.

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, includes a brief description of a knocker-up. Hindle Wakes a play written by Stanley Houghton and then a movie (of the same title) directed by Maurice Elvey, includes a knocker-up.

A 'knocker-upper' appears at the very beginning of the musical, 'The Wind Road Boys', by Paul Flynn. He walks along a group of children who are all holding slates with a number chalked upon them. The number on the slates denotes at what hour the householder wished to be woken in the morning and he calls and raps on the windows with his stick accordingly.…/31/knocker-up-los-despertadores-huma…/

(Posted by Pedro Francisco Hurtado Davila in the Victorian History (1837 - 1901) FB group)
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(from Victorian History FB pg)

..."Any girl would give her eyes to see Monte!"...:P
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Bertha Benz getting a push start behind the wheel of one of the early automobiles. c.1886

(posted on FB in Victorian History FB group, reposted from Old Photos of London and the East End FB pg)
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An Elegant Soirée by Victor Gabriel Gilbert (French, 1847 - 1933).

(from Victorian History FB pg)
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Julius LeBlanc Stewart (American painter) 1855 - 1919

The Goldsmith Ladies in the Bois de Boulogne in a Peugot 'Voiturette' 1897, 1901

oil on canvas
Musee National de la Voiture et du Tourisme, France

Julius LeBlanc Stewart was an American artist who spent his career in Paris. A contemporary of fellow expatriate painter John Singer Sargent, Stewart was nicknamed "the Parisian from Philadelphia." Late in life, he turned to religious subjects, but Stewart is best remembered for his Belle Époque society portraits and sensuous nudes.

(Posted by Christa Zaat on the Victorian History FB pg)
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(Matthew Algeo, "Pedestrianism: When watching people walk was America's favorite spectator sport")


We may think of baseball as America's national pastime, but in the 1870s and 1880s there was another sports craze sweeping the nation: competitive walking. Watching people walk was America's favorite spectator sport.

In the decades after the Civil War there was mass urbanization in the United States with millions of people moving into the cities. There wasn't much for them to do in their free time, so pedestrianism — competitive walking matches — filled a void for people. It became quite popular quite quickly.

Huge crowds packed indoor arenas to watch the best walkers walk. Think of it as a six-day NASCAR race ... on feet

These men were walking 600 miles in six days,They were on the track almost continuously. They'd have little cots set up inside the track where they would nap a total of maybe three hours a day. But generally, for 21 hours a day, they were in motion walking around the track.

(from Victorian History FB pg)


Sep. 30th, 2015 05:29 am
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Truman Henry Safford (1836 – 1901) was an American calculating prodigy. In later life he was an observatory director.

At an early age he attracted public attention by his remarkable calculation powers. At the age of nine, a local priest asked him to multiply 365,365,365,365,365,365 by itself. In less than a minute, Truman gave the correct answer of 133,491,850,208,566,925,016,658,299,941,583,225 with no paper.

At around this age he also developed a new rule for calculating the moon's risings and settings, taking one-quarter of the time of the existing method.

Daguerreotype of Truman Henry Safford

(from Victorian History FB pg)

A real-life Prof. Moriarty, if you will...but he didn't go into crime...;))
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Portrait of Madame Josephina Alvear de Errazuriz by Giovanni Boldini, 1892.

(from Victorian History FB pg)

It always amazes me how the artists capture the light...


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