TVVS is going on hiatus until December
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
5M ago
Just a (not so) quick and (mostly unscripted) explanation of why the show is going on hiatus until December, which ends with my reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Spirits of the Dead.” ***** References Poe, Edgar Allan. “Spirits of the Dead.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48632/spirits-of-the-dead Wikipedia. “Poems by Edgar Allan Poe.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poems_by_Edgar_Allan_Poe#Spirits_of_the_Dead_(1827) ***** Email: thevictorianvarietyshow@gmail.com Twitter (or X, or whatever it’s called now): twitter.com/victorianvarie1 Threads: threads.net/@marisadf13 Bluesky: @marisad ..read more
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2 Sides of Sir William Crookes, Part 2: The Spiritualist
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
5M ago
In the second episode of my 2-part examination of the life and career of Sir William Crookes (1832-1919), I explore events that inspired his interest in spiritualism, his unique methods of combining his studies in this area with his scientific background, and his work with some well-known 19th-century mediums, as well as the reception his work with mediums received from the scientific and spiritualist communities. ***** References Barral, Miguel. “The Ghosts of William Crookes.” https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/leading-figures/the-ghosts-of-william-crookes/ Crookes, William. Researches ..read more
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2 Sides of Sir William Crookes, Part 1: The Scientist
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
5M ago
I first learned about British physicist and chemist Sir William Crookes (1832-1919) several months ago, while working on my episode on X-rays. Recently, while reading Violet Tweedale’s Ghosts I Have Seen and Other Psychic Experiences, I learned that Sir William had an interest in spiritual and paranormal matters in addition to the sciences. In this episode, I focus on some of his better known scientific discoveries (and will discuss his relationship to the paranormal next time). ***** References Barral, Miguel. “The Ghosts of William Crookes.” https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/leading-fi ..read more
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Lifting the Lid of the Fisk Patent Air-Tight Metallic Burial Case
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
6M ago
If you spend any time learning about Victorian Era funeral and burial etiquette, chances are you’ll come across an illustration of a Fisk Patent Air-Tight Metallic Burial Case…and once you do, you’ll never forget it. I discuss the circumstances that inspired the creation of this unique coffin and some of its benefits, as well as how it’s often viewed from a modern perspective. ***** References American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques. “Valentine Mott, M.D.” http://medicalantiques.com/civilwar/Medical_Authors_Faculty/Mott_Vanentine.htm Cherrell, Kate. “Victorian Iron Mummies: The Fis ..read more
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Figure Skating, Victorian-Style: A Conversation with Ryan Stevens
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
7M ago
In this Season 3 premiere, I bring you my recent conversation with Ryan Stevens, in which we talked briefly about the history of figure skating, as well as its increased popularity in the 19th Century and Victorian Era “Skate King,” Jackson Haines. About Ryan Stevens: I am a former figure skater and judge from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have been writing about figure skating history since 2013, on my blog Skate Guard. I also write for U.S. Figure Skating's magazine "Skating", the oldest continuously published skating periodical in the world. I have been consulted on figure skating history by nume ..read more
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Mrs. Beeton and Victorian-Era Household Management, Part 2
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
7M ago
In the second episode of my 2-part miniseries on Isabella Mary Mayson Beeton (a.k.a. “Mrs. Beeton”), I delve deeper into her voluminous Book of Household Management. Catch episode 1 here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6cBEAgXffA4uv8doOxpm6l?si=doVWQOEYT5qbHki5lua8zg ***** References Beeton, Isabella. The Book of Household Management (1861 edition). https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10136/pg10136.html Beeton, Isabella. The Book of Household Management (1888 edition). https://archive.org/details/b21536193/page/n1/mode/1up Discover Britain. “Isabella Beeton and the art of household manageme ..read more
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Introducing Mrs. Beeton and Victorian-Era Household Management, Part 1
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
8M ago
If you’re a fan of vintage food and cooking (like I am), you’ve probably heard the name “Mrs. Beeton,” and may even have seen an edition of her voluminous Book of Household Management. But who was Mrs. Beeton, and what are some reasons her book has stood the test of time? ***** References Beeton, Isabella. The Book of Household Management. https://archive.org/details/b21536193/page/n1/mode/1up Discover Britain. “Isabella Beeton and the art of household management.” https://www.discoverbritainmag.com/isabella-beeton-and-the-art-of-household-management/ Findlaw. “Copyrighting Recipes.” https://w ..read more
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A Journey Into the Life and Works of Edith Nesbit
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
9M ago
I briefly explore the life of writer Edith Nesbit, a.k.a. “E. Nesbit” (1858-1924), and read excerpts from some of her works. ***** References Banerjee, Jacqueline. “E. Nesbit, Rudyard Kipling and The Strand Magazine.” https://victorianweb.org/authors/nesbit/kipling.html Britannica. “Fabian Society.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Fabian-Society Fabian Society. “Our History.” https://fabians.org.uk/about-us/our-history/ Morbid Curiosity Podcast. “The Shadow.” https://www.thebelfry.rip/blog/2022/1/24/shadow-of-edith-nesbit-morbid-curiosity Nesbit, E. “A Dirge.” https://www.gutenberg.org/cache ..read more
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To Laugh, or Not to Laugh? A Brief Overview of Victorian-Era Humor
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
9M ago
What with popular attribution of the phrase “We are not amused” to Queen Victoria and the widespread belief that Victorians were obsessed with etiquette and death, it’s easy to get the impression that many people during this period lacked a sense of humor. However, I will explain why I’ve found the opposite to be the case, and provide examples of Victorian humor. ***** References Nicholson, Bob. “Actually, we are amused – how the Victorians helped to shape Britain’s unique sense of humour.” https://theconversation.com/actually-we-are-amused-how-the-victorians-helped-to-shape-britains-uniq ..read more
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If Books Could Kill (um, actually, they can…): Robert C. Kedzie and Shadows from the Walls of Death
The Victorian Variety Show
by marisa d
10M ago
In this episode, I discuss Robert Clark Kedzie (1823-1902), a Michigan doctor, chemist, and professor, and explain why his 1874 book, Shadows from the Walls of Death, can be considered one of the deadliest books ever written. ***** References Bien, Laura. “In the Archives: Poison Pages.” https://annarborchronicle.com/2012/05/03/in-the-archives-poison-pages/index.html Harvey, Mark. “Shadows from the Walls of Death.” https://michiganology.org/stories/shadows-from-the-walls-of-death/ Kedzie, R.C. Shadows from the walls of death: facts and inferences prefacing a book of specimens of arsenical wall ..read more
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