Exercise for women in the 1910s

Exercise for women in the 1910s

Between my recent Instagram post about Gibson girls and revisiting a favourite article detailing how the ideal woman’s body has changed over the past hundred years, I’ve had the 1910s on the brain a little bit. I’d remembered an episode of Edwardian Farm where Ruth and her daughter were demonstrating the calisthenic exercises that became popular for women during the late 19th century, so I thought I’d investigate other exercises that were suggested for women at the beginning of the 20th. Margaret Mixter offers many exercises… (READ MORE)

2,435 stag heads on the wall . . .

Recently I’ve been watching a British program called Walking Through History. It’s presented by one of the hosts of Time Team, but it’s quite a different kind of show. Here, the focus is hiking and walking through historical places around the UK. It’s a very aspirational thing to watch in the middle of winter! The most recent episode I watched focused on Victoria and Albert’s love of the Scottish Highlands. It was all lovely and interesting, but what really struck me was this little fact about Mar Lodge… (READ MORE)

Watching: Secrets of the Castle

I’ve been enjoying Secrets of the Castle on TVO, from most of the same team who did Victorian Farm and Wartime Farm: Secrets of the Castle: Domestic historian, Ruth Goodman, and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold take on, perhaps, their most ambitious foray in to the past, as they head to France to build a genuine medieval castle. The build has been underway since 1997 and now is the perfect time for our three intrepid history adventurers to join this magnificent construction where they… (READ MORE)

Whacking Day – who knew?

My husband and I have been watching a Ken Burns documentary: The Dust Bowl, about the severe drought and dust storms on the southern American Plains in the ’30s. One effect of the drought is that local wildlife started to starve, and began moving farther afield to look for food. Thousands of jackrabbits, hungry and unchecked by predators (as farmers had shot all the coyotes), swarmed the Plains and “would eat anything green they found,” according to one person who lived through it. The solution?… (READ MORE)