Victorian Websites of Interest
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The full 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, "The best encyclopedia ever written," is scanned with occasional missing characters on one side of the page and text that runs over into the next reference -- but it's a remarkable Victorian contemporary resource for all that. (Have a look at the entry for "Victoria, Queen.")
An interesting Victoriana site with a "study center" devoted to topics ranging from calling cards to recipes to needlework to gardens.
The Victorian Society: Americans dedicated to the protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of our nineteenth century heritage. They sponsor events and symposia in different locations.
Links to England and the Victorian era with money converters and price indexes, gathered by Chris Redmond's Sherlockian.net.
The Victorian Turkish Bath site with all sorts of information including where to go to get one! The Sherlock Holmes connection is with the Northumberland Avenue establishment, which also has a P.G. Wodehouse Psmith association (scroll down past the description of the baths for the literary content).
Violet Books is a prize-winning, reference-rich website about "Antiquarian Supernatural, Fantasy & Mysterious Literatures, Vintage Westerns, Swashbucklers, & Juveniles" -- all things old, fictional, adventurous, & weird. This site is part of the Gaslight internet discussion list which reviews one etext story a week from the genres of mystery, adventure and The Weird, written between 1800 and 1919.
Mia Stampe, an excellent Danish Sherlockian and Baker Street Irregular, assembled some terrific Victorian phrenology, mesmerism, music, philosophy, graphics, transportation... and more! Alas, they are presently inactive.
United Kingdom and Ireland History... a group of sites of general interest and some that are particularly helpful for genealogy research.The Victorian Dictionary ... a guide to the social history of Victorian London. A splendid resource, including maps -- Holmes would have been proud.
Victorian Web... nothing to do with Moriarty, but many topics to browse: arts, science, philosophy, politics, society, gender issues, technology, and more.
[currently inactive] The City As Hero: Victorian London in Life and Literature. A remarkable syllabus assembled for a course by Prof Susan R. Horton of the English Dept at UMass Boston. Student papers with references on all sorts of social and ecological issues.
http://gober.net/victorian/time.html is a timeline of literature and history from 1810-1896
Lots and lots of costume links here, including corsets! Pictures of clothing exhibitions in museums as well as period clothing for sale -- plan to spend some time browsing.
A remarkable costume site complete with online classes -- includes hairstyle history, too.
Fashion magazines of 1893 to take you back in history.
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey by Alison Gernsheim (see right). A review of fashion from 1840-1910 using photographs rather than fashion illustrations. Includes men, women and children. Paperback edition.
Look on Amazon.com for more books on this topic.
The Gentleman's Page: a resource "for those who wish to look
and act like; or perhaps better understand, the 19th Century American man."