A rustic picnic on #Biltmore's grounds at the turn-of-the-century.

Five Victorian ladies gather for a spot of afternoon outdoor tea.

The Victorian picnic. Once only reserved for wealthy hunters and country people out on their estates, it was the Victorians who popularised the picnic and made it commonplace, with writers like Dickens, Trollop and Jane Austen all adopting the convention in their books.

These types of business cards were given to men at train stations as they entered town to advertise houses of prostitution. These cards were in popular and open use until the 1930's. The women were called "Soiled Doves" in the Victorian era. During the Civil War there was such a huge epidemic of venereal disease that in one town the army quarantined "doves" on a river boat. BiddyCraft

Civil War era two sisters at table, unusual collar and in the background appears to be a dead woman - odd photo....

A rare image of Edith and Cornelia #Vanderbilt (plus their beloved Saint Bernard) in #Biltmore House's stables. www.biltmore.com #history #horses


The oldest door in Britain in Westminster Abbey -A 900-year-old door was put in place in the 1050s, during the reign of the Abbey's founder, Edward the Confessor. The door, which measures 6.5ft by 4ft, was made from one tree which probably grew between AD 924 and 1030. Simon Thurley, of English Heritage, said: "It is incredible to think that when the door was made the Norman Conquest had not yet happened and William of Normandy was still a young man of about 20."

Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin, daughter of Geo W. Vanderbilt II and Edith Stuyvesant Dresser Vanderbilt Gerry. Cornelia was an only child who married John Cecil. Pictured c. 1924.

“Luna Park - The Heart of Coney Island”, early 1900s

The Jersey Shore circa 1906. S)

Not so formal Victorian photographs. Love this.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, circa 1904. Bathing hour on the beach at Seabreeze.


The Grape-Vine Swing ca. 1895 Photographer, location unidentified Smithsonian American Art Museum

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The classic story of a father's love: George Vanderbilt and Cornelia Vanderbilt. #Biltmore #history www.biltmore.com

A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.