As we enter this new year I am going to endeavor to post daily. My usual long winded blogs will still continue but the subject matter will be varied, but always with the eye to the past in some form.
There will be more little daily blurbs or links or images. The posts may be a few lines or pages long but I hope to see what a daily post will lead to by 31 January 2013. I hope you will come along for the ride and see where we find ourselves at journey’s end.
The links and layout of the new site will evolve as well. I mean to link more things here from the old blog so that it will stay alive and be very much a reference to this year long piece. In many respects this year’s site will be one large art project of sound, image, word, technology.
I hope to provide information and an experience in my daily posts. Be they short or long, I want them to have the aspect of enticing one into a moment. A series of momentary vignettes that make one pause and think or simply sit back and escape and enjoy a time gone by.
My first post, then, will be a simple one: A lovely Victorian book of the Home. You can easily read it in its entirety online, download it, or simply flip through its virtual pages of age old wisdom and oddities.
Happy new year and Welcome to my new year which can hopefully become our year of experience together.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
Today we think nothing of buying shampoos and conditioners for our hair. Lotions and unguents abound in any common grocery store filling aisles from top to bottom. But once we ladies had only ourselves to recommend such niceties and in this edition of Casell’s we are given some interesting recipes for washing our lovely locks.
As we consider the readily available modes of cleanliness in our modern word, lets consider two things: Christmas and Soap. Two words clean enough to our modern imaginings but together they seem an odd pair. Yet, in our Victorian past store bought soap was precious and would have been seed a fit thing to both decorate with our skills and love and to present on that wonderful winter day in December.
There is much to recommend this fair old book, both practical skills worth reviving as well as oddities and curiosities better left to moldering old pages. Enjoy it HERE and it will also live in the Library tab on the left.