Happy Birthday Judy Garland!

In honor of Miss Judy’s birthday we had a Wizard of Oz Birthday party at work last week.  Any excuse to dress up!Copy of DSCF0343

My supervisor dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Shirley dressed up as Glinda the Good Witch.  Do you love the doctoring I did to the photo?  I had to protect the innocent!

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I went as the Tin Man.

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Another co-worker was the strawman and her daughter was Dorothy.  We had two other co-workers dress up as a flying monkey and as the cowardly lion.  I love that I have folks that are game to play dress up with me!

Friday night, out on the town

 

On Friday night, Mr Victorian-Not and I took a tour with Muddy Waters Tours.  Muddy Waters shows and tells some of our city’s darker (more interesting) historical facts.  I wish my history teachers were more like this!

Yup.  That is me standing under a lamp post in the middle of downtown....

Yup. That is me standing under a lamp post in the middle of downtown….

If these people look familiar it is because they have been seen in Victorian ensembles with Shirley and I and Victorian at Heart

If these people look familiar it is because they have been seen in Victorian ensembles with Shirley and I and Victorian at Heart

That is Mr Victorian-Not standing behind me.  See! We are having a good time!

That is Mr Victorian-Not standing behind me. See! We are having a good time!

Muddy Waters Tours likes to get the "tourists" involved!

Muddy Waters Tours likes to get the “tourists” involved!

This is the part where Mr Victorian-Not starts to rethink coming with me.

This is the part where Mr Victorian-Not starts to rethink coming with me.

The other tourist is asked to check out his "assets".

The other tourist is asked to check out his “assets”.

They were posing as Manipogo, Manitobas Loc Ness Monster

They were posing as Manipogo, Manitoba’s Loch Ness Monster

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Moments before our guide dropped drawers.

Moments before our guide dropped drawers.

The reason for the drawer dropping was because she was telling a story about a chief of police who was caught in the act during a police raid at a local brothel.  About two minutes later, a real police officer came by with a pair of cadets.  He apparently did not know about these tours and wanted to know why there was a noose around her neck.  He had an uncanny likeness to this guy.  For a guy who looked like a comedian, he didn’t seem to have much of a sense of humor.

If you would like to take a tour with Muddy Waters head over here!

 

 

 

 

 

Met the challenge…sorta

The Historical Sew Fortnightly-#12: Pretty, Pretty Princesses

We are supposed to find a person of royalty and copy something they might of worn.  The best I could come up with was some jewelery that sort of has a Victorian ambiance with out the actual flare and cost of royal accoutrements. SAM_1122

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The Challenge: The Historical Sew Fortnightly-#12: Pretty, Pretty Princesses

Fabric: Glass beads

Pattern: Touareg-Beadweaving with Cabochons

Year: Meh…when ever

Notions: Wire

How historically accurate is it?: Haha tee hee…accurate…that’s a good one!

Hours to complete: @5

First worn:  A few weeks ago to work

Total cost: $20

Dashing Dame!

I have a cabinet card today of a lovely older woman.  She is wearing a styling hat and shawl with a nicely trimmed skirt underneath.SAM_1116There also appears to be sheer black gloves and a fabric tied at the throat.  The skirt seems to be bustled at the back so I’d guess we have an 1880s card here.

Oddly enough, the back of the card has turned out to be the most interesting thing.SAM_1118

How is this the most interesting thing?  I googled the name and address of the photographer and got this page that listed the name of the photographer, his address and the name of his wife, who worked at the same address.  His name is Samuel Montague Fasset and she is Cornelia Adele Strong.  Now these two were “somebody”.  He was the photographer to the treasury department and she was a well know painter.  This was one of her paintings.

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This is the link to my source.

She also did this painting of a young Lincoln….

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…which I believe she painted from this photograph attributed to her husband.  I have to wonder if, Samuel Montague Fassett was the photographer to the treasury department, was my lady in this photograph the wife of some political big wig?  She certainly looks the part!