The Singing Waltz

Today we want to share a few delightful photos from the January 1915 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

This brief magazine feature showcases dance moves performed by Margaret Hawkesworth and Basil Durant, popular American ballroom dancers who performed throughout the United States and Europe.


Here are a couple of close-ups. First, Miss Hawkesworth and Mr. Durant leading off “with a graceful swinging step”:


I love their looks of deep concentration here, as well as that delicate foot-touch!

Here’s a minuet step, accompanied by equally delicate hand-touching. So civilized!


Readers may be interested to note Miss Hawkesworth’s stylized yet loose-fitting dress, part of a new fashion movement focusing on fabrics with drape and moving away from the long-entrenched, fashionable corseted silhouette. This article on fashion designer Paul Poiret gives a little more background into cutting-edge fashion of the 1910s.



The Best 1869 Fashion Trends to Try This Spring

As the weather’s warming up, you may be considering a refresh to your spring and summer wardrobe. Luckily, we have an 1869 issue of The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine to help you find the season’s most stunning looks.

First and foremost, of course, one must consider the proper bonnets: billowy, floral, and decidedly dainty.


Once one’s coiffure is properly obscured, it’s time to shop for the essentials–layered silhouettes, miles of ruffles, and all the best trends to try this spring!

Embrace the season in this breezy day-to-night look, which includes ample tassels and a wee parasol to help you keep your cool street-side.


If you’re ready to trade in your sarong and get creative with this season’s swimwear, our magazine has some beach-ready looks for you:


For those who prefer strolling to swimming, we have an airy ensemble that also sounds like a spooky plumbing malfunction:


If you’re searching for hot summer looks for the whole family, may we suggest these voluminous ensembles for your young lady’s puppet-watching needs?


This smart and wearable ensemble is perfect for feeling giddy near swans:


We hope these bold styles and versatile classics will help inspire your new look!

Bad Children of History #20: The Twin Terrors

The only thing worse than a Bad Child of History is TWO Bad Children of History. Behold: Bobby and Dotty, the twin stars of Ellis Parker Butler’s “The Lady Across the Aisle”.


Butler’s story was published in the December 1905 issue of McClure’s Magazine, and the delightful illustrations are by Phillips Ward.

As for Bobby and Dotty, they were left in the care of their bachelor uncle while their parents were in Florida.

Uncle Jack said they were ‘peaches,’ and the older folks said they were ‘terrors.’ … In cases of necessity they were indivisible allies; in all other cases they were sworn enemies, even to having a code of warfare.

The story has an overarching narrative about Uncle Jack and a pretty single woman on the train, as well as the twins’ efforts to keep Uncle Jack from wanting to marry said “Lady Across the Aisle”, but really, it’s about the twins fighting.

The story’s 9 pages are littered with images of the twins quarreling, punching, teasing, pinching, and insulting each other. Bobby solemnly tells Dotty that her nose is “too uppish for anything”, Dotty accuses Bobby of being “all blue legs”, and Bobby retorts that Dotty is a monkey. You get the point.

They’re so bad, and so historical. Look out for these two.