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Fascinating Victorian Facts

Celebrate the Queen of Ices on National Ice Cream Day!

It’s National Ice Cream Day! It’s also a day to celebrate a very special Victorian lady—Agnes B. Marshall, known as the Queen of Ices! Agnes (born in 1855) was quite the culinary entrepreneur and cook in her time, as is evidenced by the four cookbooks she wrote, one of them titled The Book of Ices, […]

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The Pemberton Mills Collapse

On this day in 1860, the entire front page of The Pilot, a Boston newspaper, was dedicated to “The Calamity at Lawrence”, a now forgotten disaster. The Pemberton Mills at Lawrence in Massachusetts suddenly collapsed, crushing an estimated 300-500 workers. One in four workers were killed. The building consisted of one six-story main building and […]

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Dr. Mary Walker & The Offense of Wearing Pants

Happy Women’s History Month! As you all know, I love forgotten and little-known history, so that’s what I’m going to share with you today. Have you ever heard of Dr. Mary Walker—Mary Edwards Walker? Often ridiculed in the 19th century, Dr. Walker was an American female surgeon back when the “women’s sphere” existed, and marriage […]

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