Society

The Edwardian Debutante

No one in the Edwardian era made any bones about the fact that marriage was a woman’s sole career, and that she owed it to herself and to the family that had so far supported her, to get on with it. Where a girl was concerned, it was the duty of everyone–her mother, her mother’s …

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Fashion

La Modes à Longchamp

The races at Longchamp marked the end of the Parisian social season and like its English counterpart–Ascot–it was the place to see and be seen and also to show off the latest summer fashions (the races at Auteuil was where Parisian couturiers showed its autumn modes). Toilettes féminines aux courses de Longchamp, 1911-1914 – La …

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Cinema

George Méliès and the Wonders of Cinema

It is interesting to think that by the end of the nineteenth century people were already watching movies. Perhaps not actually going to the cinema, and movies certainly weren’t widespread. But that quickly changed in a handful of years. At the beginning of the next century there were already movie companies, several producers, even theatres …

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