The ABCs of the V.A.D.

Illustrator Joyce Dennys and humorist Gordon Hampden collaborated on two books of humorous war time poetry. Dennys (1893-1991) was a V.A.D. during the Great War, and her role became a point of inspiration: The Voluntary Aid Detachment started in 1909 when the War Office placed on the British Red Cross responsibility for forming and training …

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Getting Pretty Quick, or Plastic Surgery in 1910

A few weeks back I discovered this amusing yet quite frightening article scanned and blogged by Lauren of Wearing History. In this 1910 article from The Delineator, which was one of America’s most popular home and fashion magazines before Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, et al, American humorist Gelett Burgess penned a piece on plastic surgery. Though …

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Happy Labor Day!

LABOR DAY, First Monday in September. The only day when labor works overtime. An occasion when the workingman takes a cane in place of a dinnerpail and proudly tramps the streets behind a real silk banner and a Hod Carrier on a Cart Horse. ~The Foolish Dictionary (1905)

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