All Things Victorian

All Things Victorian
Victoriana Lady Lisa

Thursday, June 18, 2015

All Things Victorian - 012 - Treasures from Grandma's Attic, pt.1

The latest from our award winning program, All Things Victorian. Treasures from Grandma's Attic explores the most recent donation of Victorian apparel from a dear friend. It was all as much a surprise to me, as to you. Thanks Kim :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Access Nashua - All Things Victorian - Edwardian Fashions

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This week on Access Nashua. All Things Victorian w/Victoriana Lady Lisa - Edwardian Fashions. Tune in!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

All Things Victorian - 011 - Steampunk with Bruce Rosenbaum

The new and improved All Things Victorian w/Victoriana Lady Lisa, featuring Bruce Rosenbaum.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Wild Violet circa 1863

Beautiful Violet, daughter of May
Blooming so modestly out of the way
Under the tangle and down by the brook
Upon the hill-side in some shady nook
Always and ever trying to play
Hide-go-seek with the sun's golden ray.

Beautiful Violet, welcome thou art
Bringing sweet music to a weary heart
For the memories full, thy coming seems
And gazing upon thee, back come the dreams
That haunted me once in love's bright day
When life and life's hopes were an endless May.

Beautiful Violets, when I am laid
Under the Willow-beneath its cool shade
Will you not come then, and bloom by me there
Filling with sweetness the soft evening air?
Say will you not come and over me lay
Your mantle of blue, fair daughter of May.

(This was found in a journal from 1863 from my personal collection. It was very common in the Victorian era to speak of death in poems. Not to be morbid, but because the life span was often short due to sickness and disease. The Victorians accepted this reality and spoke of it freely, which helped them deal with their grief.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

All Things Victorian w/Victoriana Lady Lisa - Access Nashua - Schedule

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Victorian Era Born Harry Gordon Selfridge

 Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr., born in the Victorian era, was an American-born British retail magnate who founded the London based department store Selfridges. He married Rosalie Buckingham from a prominent Chicago family in 1890. They had a son Chandler who died shortly after his birth, daughters Rosalie, Violette, Beatrice, and a son Gordon Jr.

The Selfridge's lived lavishly at Highcliffe castle for a time. To read more-

 Rosalie, shown with 4 of her 5 children. Mrs. Selfridge died in the Influenza pandemic in 1918.

Harry Selfridge coined the phrase, "The Customer Is Always Right. "He was the first to promote Christmas sales and started the saying, "Only _____ shopping days until Christmas!" Others included:
"People will sit up and take notice of you if you will sit up and take notice of what makes them sit up and take notice."

Handsome actor Jeremy Piven plays the character role of Harry Gordon Selfridge, the department store magnate.

 The store opened on March 15, 1909, near the end of the Edwardian era, at the western end of Oxford Street in London. There was nothing like it. Selfridge created a place where people wanted to shop, enjoyed it in fact, as opposed to shopping out of necessity. The store carried the best of everything, and it was on display where shoppers could experience the products, not just look at them under glass. Harry wanted it that way. The store was a destination with restaurants, a library/reading room, and special reception rooms for French, German, and American customers. If only I had a time machine to go back and shop for a day!

                    Fashions circa 1909 from Victorian Lady Lisa's private collection.

Due to the Great Depression, his gambling, and a penchant for free spending on show girls, Selfridge died almost penniless, living with his oldest daughter Rosalie at the end of his life.

Harry Gordon Selfridge was born January 11, 1864 in Ripon, Wisconsin. He died May 8, 1947 in  Putney London, England of Bronchopneumonia. He's buried in St. Marks churchyard Highcliffe, Dorset next to his wife Rosalie who died in 1918, and his mother Lois who died in 1924.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Proud To Be Of Irish Descent

                                    Happy St. Patrick's Day!! 

I love working on genealogy. I'm very proud of my Irish heritage, my ancestors were from Dublin. They emigrated to America in the 1840's, due to the potato famine, and settled in north eastern PA.

My great-great-great grandfather Constable William O'Riley (sometimes spelled Reilly) led the St. Patrick's Day parade in his hometown many for years.

Constable William O' Riley 1904

William O' Riley's grandson (my great grandfather) Anselm Riley, 1914

Anselm's sister Margaret Riley, 1914

Anselm's daughter, (my grandmother) Marguerite Riley, circa 1930