Mind control, secret cults, prophecy, and murder all surround the infamous advisor to Czar Nicholas II, Grigori Rasputin. The story … Continue Reading Occult Legends of Grigori Rasputin
During the tuberculosis outbreak of the late 1800s, families flocked to cure cottages in the rural country. Cure cottages were … Continue Reading Cure Cottages in the Age of Consumption
How did people live before Instagram filters? The beauty standards of current day seem damningly harsh. Is Photoshop one of … Continue Reading Victorian Photo Retouching: The Original Instagram Filter
Dollhouses are definitely a horror trope. If you’ve got one in your house after you’re age 7 you’re probably in … Continue Reading Dollhouses for the Dead
Over the centuries, the folklore surrounding The Hand of Glory was passed down between generations as an extremely powerful token. … Continue Reading The Hand of Glory: A Thief’s Best Friend
Made of wax, the anatomical venus is a striking resemblance to a living, breathing woman. Her skin has a translucency. … Continue Reading Dissected Graces: Wax Women During the Enlightenment
The Victorian era (from 1837 to 1901) was a time when people were surrounded by death. Many families were forced to confront death directly whether it was because of the lack of medical advances, the mourning of Prince Albert by Queen Victoria (the queen after which the era was name) 40 years after his death until her own, or the Civil War that was being waged in America where over 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. This period is unique since we see such a strong development of mourning culture. Many of the historical tales I’ll share on this blog took place at this time, but today I’m going to focus on Victorian hair art.