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…

Christianity In CounterClockwise

Part of everyday life. Most of the population here in the United States in the mid 19th century was Christian. This can easily be seen in how towns were first built. Farms came first, then, as the farms continued to prosper, land would be dedicated for building stores for supplies, then a school for the…

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…

Being Single In 1840

It was not a good thing to be. Not at all. Not for a woman at least it wasn’t. Women who were single were always on the fringe of society – being invited to social gatherings for reasons other than, well, socializing. Men, on the other hand, were happily greeted at any gathering large or…