Diane Kalas, Inspirational Historical Romance Author

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

From Diane's Antique Book Collection

A visit to the etiquette instructor . . . The Lady Abroad – Raising the dress. “When tripping over the pavement, a lady should gracefully raise her dress a little above her ankle. With the right hand, she should hold together the folds of her gown, and draw them towards the right side. To raise the dress on both sides, and with both hands, is vulgar. This ungraceful practice can only be tolerated for a moment, when the mud is very deep.”

Thornwell, Emily, THE LADY’S GUIDE TO COMPLETE ETIQUETTE, New York, Belford, Clarke & Company, 1884

A visit to a 19th century physician . . . Freckles. “Freckles are most apt to trouble persons of light complexion, with light or red hair. They appear to arise from exposure to strong light, and are aggravated by derangement of the stomach, liver, and menstruation. Treatment. – Care as to exposure to strong and direct light; solution of citric acid in rose water, or lotion of bitter almonds with five grains of corrosive sublimate to the half pint may be tried. I have also used successfully a weak solution of oxalic acid. But the most important matter is to attend to the menstrual irregularity, and put the liver, stomach, and spleen in the best possible trim by proper diet and mild purgation.”

Entrikin, M.D., F. W., WOMAN’S MONITOR, Ohio, F. W. Entrikin & Company, 1881


Renee said...

Hi Diane! I'm your first subscriber. Looks like this will be a fun blog. I love antiques and flea markets and everything that goes along with them. I collect miniature books - have you ever seen any of them? Many are religious in nature. Looking forward to your posts.

Great Lakes Romances said...

I also own quite a few antique books and write historical fiction. My prize set of books is the Encyclopedia Britannica, c. 1911, from my husband's grandmother. I have lots of fiction and nonfiction dated from the mid-1800's to 1900, also. Wishing you blessings with this blog and your writing!