She Wants To Be The Woman In The Picture

A short history lesson about photography.   Commercial photography got its start in 1839, so during my CounterClockwise series that art was still in its infancy and very technology-forward. Smart ladies and gentlemen of fashion began displaying photographs on fireplaces mantles, parlor room tables and hung them on walls to show off their savvy sense…

Cigarettes

A social trend that was just starting. Cigarettes were becoming popular around the mid 19th century in most parts of the civilized world. An offspring to cigars, cigarettes were smaller and easier to handle, more convenient size to carry around, and as time went on, made with processed tobacco and filters so they were also…

Fountain Pens

A very cool tool back in the day.   Mid nineteenth century United States was a time of great invention and great change. Writing letters was still the number one way to communicate whether it was personal, business, official or whatever the nature. So when the fountain pen hit the scene in 1830 in Birmingham,…

Waltzing In His Arms

Romance at its best. To this day there’s nothing that can be more intimate or truly romantic than dancing a waltz with your special someone. The music just flows and it’s like you’re whisked away to another world. Yes, I love it! In CounterClockwise, my characters do attend dances, especially as the series continues and…

A Letter From Nora Wells

One woman’s point of view.  In this blog post I’ve written a letter from one of my support characters in my CounterClockwise series, Nora Wells.  This letter answers what could be any reader’s question about what it was like to live in the United States in the 1840s.  Namely, those living in the 21st Century…

Hand Kissing

Sweet and flattering. Women in 19th century America, and around the world for that matter, never failed to swoon at least a little when a man paid her this honor.  Yes it was both sweet and flattering! Originating in Poland in the 17th century, hand kissing is something that has been given many different meanings….