All Things Victorian

All Things Victorian
Victoriana Lady Lisa

Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm Busy Working On My Book!! Genealogy Photos...

The first piece of Victoriana from my collection, gloves that I purchased when I was just 15 years old.

I am very busy working on my book!! We have begun photo shoots and I am collecting photos of models from around the world for the neo-Victorian & Steampunk chapters. This is a dream come true for me.
 I went to my first estate sale at age 15, bought a pair of crochet gloves and a beaded hand bag and I was hooked! I have never stopped collecting Victorian & Edwardian fashions and accessories.

The book, title yet to be determined, is being published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. It will be a coffee table size hard cover, with full color photos and 350 pages, available world wide. I have this year to finish the photos and manuscript, then it goes to Schiffer's design team this November 2011. It is going to get extremely busy so please bear with me, I will do my best to keep my blog updated as I go along.

I have detailed some of the other aspects of the book in previous blogs so I don't want to be redundant.
Here are some family photos on my maternal side that inspired my love of the era. I like to think that these hard working people would be proud of their granddaughter. :)

My Civil War grandfather Samuel J. Martin who is buried in Dayton National Cemetery in Ohio.

Samuel & Hannah's daughter young Ella Mae Martin, circa 1860. She was about 12 years old here.

Samuel & Hannah Martin's daughters Ella Mae & Lucy Martin (seated) circa 1890. Ella Mae had a child and named her Lucy, after her beloved sister, who died at age 24. Lucy's photo is below. We have 5 generations of first born daughters on my maternal side of the family.

The Granddaughter of Sameul J. Martin, daughter of Ella Mae Martin, Lucy Riley on her wedding day in 1917. She lived to the ripe old age of 92, she was my sweetheart, I miss her to this day.

My Grandfather Anselm J. Riley, who married Lucy, on his wedding day in 1917. He was a coal miner, as was his father. He died of Black Lung, as it was referred to, a type of Emphysema. He adored me. :)

Anselm's sister Margaret Riley, age 16 years. I own her antique bedroom set from her marriage in 1913.
I used to sleep over when I was in grade school and play dress up with her things. I guess I never grew up!

Anselm & Lucy's only child Marguerite Riley on her first birthday, September 1, 1919. She is my mother's mother, she lived to be 90 years old. We spent a lot of time together, I miss her terribly.


  1. The gloves are beautiful and so perfect looking. I love reading about family history, the old photos that go with it makes it even better. I look forward to the progression of your book and I can't wait to see it finished...Have a nice week! hugs, Jennifer