The bride of Lord Lovel, on her wedding night, hid for fun in a large oak chest, but the lid closed down and the spring lock fastened her in. Many years later her skeleton was found in the chest. This story was made into a song, The Mistletoe Bough by Thomas Haynes Bayley, 1884. Lyrics here missmary.com/...
A Romantic (State) Dinner President William McKinley’s wife, Ida, was once a high-spirited socialite, but the deaths of her two young daughters and epileptic seizures left her frail and withdrawn. As McKinley’s political career blossomed, “Ida spent most of her waking hours in a small Victorian rocking chair that she had had since childhood,” waiting for her husband to come home But when McKinley took office in 1897, he didn’t hide Ida from view he insisted that his wife be seated beside him.
Victorian table and chair set.
purple victorian chair
Blue victorian chair
Stick Eastlake Victorian: As materials became more affordable and accessible, craftspeople became more creative with the uses of wood and framing, which can be seen in Stick Eastlake homes. These houses have more decorative trusswork with a mix of vertical and horizontal planes. The roofs usually have a steep pitch and simple gables. Shingle style is very similar, due to the unusual use of affordable wood products. In these homes, the entire exterior is often covered in shingles.
Miss Lily Elsie (1886-1962) was a celebrated Edwardian beauty and star of theater, especially of musical comedy with The Merry Widow as her first huge success. She was a favorite of many, such as the prime minister Lloyd George, and it is reputed that Cecil Beatons facination with her was the driving force in his interest in fashion, costume and photographic portraiture.