Toy butcher shops weren’t all that uncommon during the 19th century. These toys carried a high level of detail from the bloody meat hanging from real iron hooks to the sawdust and blood on the floor. Some are speculated to not have been made as toys at all, but mini displays for store fronts so customers would know what the shop owner had in stock.
Image 1: Toy butcher shop from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London c. 1850-1860.
Image 2: Toy butcher shop 1840 from the 1969 book “The World of Toys” by Robert Culff
Image 3: Model butcher shop c. 1900 made by German toy maker Christian Hacker from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
The Borderland was a quarterly magazine, founded and edited by William Thomas Stead in 1893, as a medium to further his growing interest in spiritualism and psychial research. As his assistant editor, He employed Ada Goodrich Freer, a medium, psychic researcher and member of the Society of Psychial Research, which author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also member. She contributed greatly to the magazine under the pseudonym, “Miss X”. Stead also claimed that they would often communicate through telepathy and automatic writing. On October 1897, the magazine ceased publication, perhaps due to the Society of Psychial Research’s criticism and dismissal of Freer of her work at the Ballechin House in Scotland.
“Set of twenty picture puzzle blocks with Palmer Cox’s "Brownies” or elves on each of the six puzzles; puzzles include “Snowballing”, Brownies having a snowball fight in a park, “Skating” with brownies skating on a pond with one who has fallen through the ice and a building in the background flying a Japanese flag, “Hauling the Yule Log” with brownies hauling trees on sleds, “The Dance” with brownies dancing in pairs and groups to a brownie band, “Blindman’s Bluff” with brownies blindfolding and chasing each other and “The Christmas Dinner” with two long tables of brownies eating, serving and carving a turkey; box cover lithographed with sixteen brownies playing on the inscribed title, “THE/ BROWNIE/ BLOCKS/ Manufactured/ by McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK/ COPYRIGHTED/ 1891/ by/ PALMER COX.”.
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Safari to Sleepy Hollow. And special thanks to NYNCS members Steve and Chris for organizing this adventure. Pictures from our tour will be up on our tumblr page soon. Photo Credit: @marabel4
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Published on November 24, 1859, It was one of the most debated pieces of literature written at the time. Since at the first half of the 19th century the English scientific establishments were tied to the church, Darwin’s theories were challenged not only on a scientific level, but on political and theological.
Image 1: Title page of the 1859 version of Origin of the Species
Image 2: Darwin’s first diagram of the evolutionary tree from his notebook on the Transmutation of the Species in 1837
Image 3: Ernest Haeckle’s “Tree of Life” from the Evolution of Man 1879
Eva has been blowing my mind with amazing recreations of antique crochet lace trims that she’s creating to trim her handsewn petticoats. The crochet hooks are so tiny, it’s a bit hard to fathom! (Really, when you get to a size 14 or so, it just ends up looking like a tiny ballpoint needle…).
Lucky for you, Eva has recorded her lecture in full so you can check it out on her blog. It was interesting to hear about women in Ireland in the 19th century, many of whom supported their families during the Great Famine by creating unbelievably complex crochet lace that was exported around the globe. I’m sure that some of my Irish-American friends here in the ‘States have crochet geniuses in their family ancestry.
Incredibly complex three dimensional Irish crochet lace (image from Wikipedia).
Eva demonstrates guipure crochet lace for the circle (image from Circa 1850).
Another treat of this month’s Handwork Circle was the amazing building that we met in, the Ottendorfer Library on the Lower East Side. Built in 1883 with funds gifted to the city by Anna Ottendorfer, a newspaper publisher and prominent member of the lower east side’s German immigrant community, the Library is the oldest lending library in the city to occupy its original building. It was designed by the architect William Schickel, and is gorgeously ornate – perfect to host a Victorian needlework group.
Some photos I took of the Ottendorfer Library in the East Village.
This part of the library was actually a hospital serving New York’s German-speaking community in the 1880s.
To get you inspired, here’s an image of Eva’s crochet guipure lace trim that she’s just finished. See what I mean? – it looks just like an antique!
Click the photo to check out Eva’s other crochet projects on her blog (image from Circa 1850).
For anyone interested in Victorian needlework and living in the NYC area, the Handwork Circle is ongoing. Feel free to contact me for details if you’d like to stop by!