Archive for November, 2008

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Nov

Links aplenty

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in Culture, Neo-Victoriana

Stuff I’ve come across recently. News that the Victoria and Albert Museum has had to upgrade to a 450 terabyte Storage Area Network so digitisation of the collection can continue; a Guardian article which talks about the emerging Steampunk music scene in Britain; and a pocketwatch which bravely blurs Steam and Kitsch. Finally, could a movie based on the [...]
11
Nov

Spats!

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in Neo-Victoriana

According to an article in last year’s LA Times, spats are making a comeback. These shoe-protectors cum fashion statements apparently date back to the 17th century, but had their big moment in late Victorian times. Once they became an essential status item in the ’20s and ’30s they lost fashion currency, and fell into disuse. Now, specialist [...]
9
Nov

Members’ soiree announced

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in League

Members in good standing are invited to enjoy the hospitality of the League at a special pre-Euchronia soiree beginning at 8.00pm. Members and their guests must observe strict attire regulations compatible with the mid 1890s, and be prepared for chrononautical peregrinations. Liquid refreshments and hors d’Ĺ“uvre will be served.
9
Nov

Steam is back!

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in Neo-Victoriana

The Telegraph is reporting the return of steam to British railways for the first time in 50 years. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive made a five-hour return test journey between York and Scarborough on 04 November, 2008 and is expected to begin regular journeys carrying up to 600 passengers on [...]
9
Nov

Visiting cards

   Posted by: cholmondeley    in Neo-Victoriana

According to Time Magazine Victorian visiting cards (once also known as “calling cards” before that came to mean a store for phone credits) are coming back into fashion. These individualised cards, part of the complex social rituals of Polite Society, were once an indispensable component of daily life. They are still used to some extent [...]