Ladies of the Clipper Ship Prima Donna

One of my ongoing topics to research is the history of sails.  Lately, I came across these 19th century clipper ship cards, that are just too good to keep to myself. Only the… Continue reading

Souvenirs from Washington

On our way to the Maryhill Museum of Art, we had time to meander and stop at little towns and scenic overlooks. In the historic district of Ellensburg, we had a delicious breakfast,… Continue reading

Theatre de la Mode Dolls at Maryhill Museum

Last week I got to go with my husband to a conference in Seattle, and afterward we had two days to see some of Washington’s other sights.  I could have had a difficult… Continue reading

Top Five Joys of Quilting

Number 5:  The sound of a well-tuned sewing machine, stitching steadily as a train clacking over tracks. Number 4:  The scent of Magic Sizing steaming up from under a hot iron. Number 3: … Continue reading

Costumes for “Good Times” at the Hippodrome

Today I am bringing you a fabulous description of theatrical costume production, in an excerpt from the 1920 Dry Goods Economist: One thousand dozen boxes of thread, 500 dozen boxes of sewing silk,… Continue reading

Food I’m Pretty Sure You Never Thought Of

First of all, let me say that I am not ignoring the recent string of terrible events, but unlike all the “experts,” I believe that it’s okay not to know what to say… Continue reading

Does Your Marriage Suffer From Clubitis?

As I have been sorting our family archives, I have been finding little fashion and culture tidbits like this trade card: Tellingly, it was kept in the family, not because anyone aspired to… Continue reading

Women at Work 100 Years Ago

Poring over images from the New York Public Library digital collections today, I came across these great costume designs by Will R. Barnes.  They were labeled “Women at Work: ‘Doing Our Bit’.” I… Continue reading

Narratives Embedded

“Each artifact has a narrative embedded within…” Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim Earlier this year, I got an email from the Texas Historical Commission, asking me if I would like to write about… Continue reading

One Little Scrap of Paper, So Many Stories

I am still spending a lot of time digitizing family photos.  This one doesn’t seem to fit in with any others.  It is from the Aunt Millie and Uncle Hugh collection – Aunt… Continue reading