About This Blogsite

I have had to do a lot of research into the Victorian Age to write Dr. Wendell Howe's Twitter site and to write my novels. A lot of people following me are also interested in Victorian research for a book they are writing, but also for steampunk costuming, etc. So when I run across a great site I will post it here. If you find something, feel free to let me know in the comments, or contact me on Twitter at @Scablander or email me at Jeanette@scablander.com.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Passing English of the Victorian era

I found a little gem: Passing English of the Victorian era: a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase published in London in 1909 by James Redding Ware. Mr. Ware collected the slang of everyone from hoodlums to the upper crust while it was still fresh in everyone's memory. You can download it free and legally at the Internet Archive (a source I had mentioned in an earlier post.) Now your Steampunk stories can get steamier as you use Victorian slang with confidence.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Salon

I ran across a little treasure trove of Victorian culture. Sohie Lagace is an engineer by day and a role player by night. One her favorite games is Castle Falkenstein with its Steampunk setting. She has a webpage called "The Salon" that has links to all sorts of Victorian fashion, etiquette, culture, language and technology. Here are just a few of the links:

Victorian Slang Glossary Speech of the Lower Classes

How to Speak Proper Slang for the Upper Classes

The Library Victorian Science, technology, military history, etc.

The Salon is a labyrinth well worth exploring. (Don't worry, you won't get lost.)
  Link to the Salon webpage

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Mostly Victorian


Moira Allen shares her vast collection of articles and illustrations from Victorian books and magazines. She has scanned them to pdfs for you to download and has divided them up into categories. Now instead of reading what modern people say about Victorians, you can read what the Victorians said of themselves.

Click here to visit Mostly Victorian

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Victorian School

Just one of their free photos
Started by Stephen and Irene Clark in Somerset, England, the Victorian School website was setup to educate educators how to educate children about the Victorian Age. Stephen and Irene actually have a business visiting schools in the UK, but they are sharing all they know for teachers and homeschoolers around the world so they can do their own Victorian Day. They have articles, projects, free ebooks and pdf printouts, video links, lists of Victorian museums in the UK...well, you’ll just have to go and check it out, won’t you?

Although geared toward kids and educators, there is plenty here for a writer doing research, especially if you need to know anything about Victorian schooling. And the Clarks are constantly adding to their website.

Oh, and you Steampunkers, check out their online store for costumes and accessories.

Click here to go to their webiste: The Victorian School

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Victorian Days

I stumbled across a site called "Victorian Days." It is an offshoot of www.AngelPig.net. Apparently it started out as a Barbecue site, that branched out into Southern culture and then got into Victorian society. Rather than the meandering endeavor this might imply, I'm thinking it's a genius with too much in their brain to stay focused on just one subject.

The Victorian sideline is more extensive than most folks would attempt as a mainline. The site map shows dozens of subjects on Victorian culture and etiquette. Each has at the bottom of its page more detailed articles on the topic. I'm not sure how many items there are, but you could spend all day reading. They are well written and appear to be well researched.

Here is the link: Victorian Days site map

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Victorian Peeper

@Tetens (Kristan Tetens) began following me on Twitter. I looked at her bio which reads: "Historian, writer (nonfiction), presenter. This is the Twitter companion to The Victorian Peeper (my blog), and Victorian London (my Facebook page)." Intrigued I clicked on her website.

Oh my word! (as Wendell would say)

Kristan not only has over 100 blogs on Victorian History, check out the sidebar links. It includes: Victorians in the News, New Books (on Victorians), Exhibitions and Events, Charles Darwin, Victorian Festivals, Victorian Traces: 132 Places to Visit, Historic Preservation, history links, resources, search tools, Other Victorian Blogs, Victorian Studies-UK, Victorian Studies-US, Associations, Multi-Media, Pop-Culture, Other Sites of Interest, etc.

Well, don't just sit there! Click on this link and check out Kristan's blog-site. The Victorian Peeper

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Victorian Web

It doesn't look like much when you go to the home page. Just start clicking on icons and start digging. This unpretentious site is probably the oldest and one of the largest on Victorian culture and history. In fact it's older than the internet! It started out as part of Brown University's Intermedia Project begun by Professor George P. Landow. In 1992 when Intermedia ceased it was transferred to Eastgate Systems Storyspace. In 1995 it was translated to HTML. From it's beginnings hundreds of scholars have added to the content. There are links to other sites, but much of it is essays and scans for this site alone. Just about everything is covered here.

Link to: The Victorian Web

Bonus! On the page on how to contribute to this web are hints for students to strengthen their writing. It's spelt out instead of alluded to like too many books and sites do. Some Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Writing