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…

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,…

When His Reasons For Leaving Fade Away

He could name them one by one.  The reasons for leaving her were many – and he thought he had them all straight in his mind.  Things were too complicated.  She had others to consider – a man, a child, and a lot of responsibilities on her plate.  All of them added up to a…

Heroes Are Like Johnny And Heroines Are Like June

Two favorite romantic role models. We’ve all heard of Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah and all the Fairy Tale Princes and Princesses. But we don’t have to go back centuries or look to the world of make believe to find a man and a woman who loved each other so much that the whole…

She Stops Believing – And Stops Trying

A woman doesn’t hang on forever. And when she reaches the point of no return it’s a sad day for the man. He’s lost something precious and the most unfortunate thing about the situation is that he won’t fully ealize that until it’s gone. She takes a lot beforehand. Up until the point of hitting…