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If you always believed the myths that the Victorians were “prudish” and “repressed,” this podcast may inspire you to reconsider! In each episode, host Marisa D discusses a not-so-well-known aspect of life during the Victorian Era (1837 - 1901) that will intrigue and surprise you.

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If you always believed the myths that the Victorians were “prudish” and “repressed,” this podcast may inspire you to reconsider! In each episode, host Marisa D discusses a not-so-well-known aspect of life during the Victorian Era (1837 - 1901) that will intrigue and surprise you.

    A Taste of Victorian-Era Fairy Tales from “Rays of Sunshine” (Minisode)

    A Taste of Victorian-Era Fairy Tales from “Rays of Sunshine” (Minisode)

    I read 2 fairy tales from the 1893 children’s book, Rays of Sunshine: “A Frog He Would a Wooing Go” and “Death and Burial of Cock Robin.”

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    References

    “A Frog He Would A Wooing Go.” Rays of Sunshine. New York: M'Loughlin Bros., 1893. https://archive.org/details/raysofsunshine00unse/page/n7/mode/2up

    “Death and Burial of Cock Robin.” Rays of Sunshine. New York: M'Loughlin Bros., 1893. https://archive.org/details/raysofsunshine00unse/page/n7/mode/2up

    Mama Lisa’s World. “A Frog He Would A-wooing Go, Georgie Porgie, and the Meaning of Roly-Poly.” https://www.mamalisa.com/blog/a-frog-he-would-a-wooing-go-and-georgie-porgie/#:~:text=I’ve%20always%20been%20fond%20of%20the%20song%20A,by%20Elvis%20Presley%20and%20Bob%20Dylan%2C%20among%20others.

    Mantel, P.G. “‘Fairy Tales’ by G.K. Chesterton.” https://www.menofthewest.net/fairy-tales-by-g-k-chesterton/

    Public Domain Review, The. “The Death and Burial of Cock Robin.” https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-death-and-burial-of-cock-robin

    Wikipedia. “Cock Robin.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cock_Robin

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    Email: thevictorianvarietyshow@gmail.com

    Twitter: twitter.com/victorianvarie1

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    • 14 min
    More Than a “Toy”: The Zoetrope (Minisode)

    More Than a “Toy”: The Zoetrope (Minisode)

    In this minisode, I discuss the history of the zoetrope & explain why, even though it was generally marketed as a “toy,” I believe it was much more than that.

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    References

    Coterill, Chris. “Early Pioneer: William George Horner.” https://animationgeek.blogspot.com/2011/01/early-pioneer-william-george-horner.html

    Object Lessons. “Zoetrope, Victorian, Replica.” https://www.objectlessons.org/childhood-and-games-victorians/zoetrope-victorian-replica/s67/a1072/

    Taggart, Emma. “Circling the Zoetrope, a Victorian Animation Toy That Helped Shape the Future of Cinema.” https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-a-zoetrope/

    Wikipedia. “American Zoetrope.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Zoetrope

    Wikipedia. “Phenakistiscope.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenakistiscope

    Wikipedia. “Zoetrope.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoetrope

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    Email: thevictorianvarietyshow@gmail.com

    Twitter: twitter.com/victorianvarie1

    Buy Me a Coffee: buymeacoffee.com/marisadf13

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    • 15 min
    “Here We Come A-Wassailing”: A Look at Some Lesser-Known Victorian Christmas Traditions

    “Here We Come A-Wassailing”: A Look at Some Lesser-Known Victorian Christmas Traditions

    The Victorians are credited with giving us many of the Christmas traditions we know and love today, but in this episode, I look at some with which the majority of us may be less familiar, including the Christmas Pickle, “festive science,” dangerous parlour games, and the infamous wassail bowl.

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    BBC. “History of Christmas.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/victorianchristmas/history.shtml

    Bradley, Elizabeth L. “Dickens and Irving: A Tale of Two Christmas Tales.” https://hudsonvalley.org/article/dickens-and-irving-a-tale-of-two-christmas-tales/

    Cole, Rupert. “Science and Christmas: a forgotten Victorian romance.” https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2012/dec/14/science-christmas-victorian-romance

    Ellis, Danielle. “A Victorian Christmas: Furmenty and Snapdragon.” https://www.severnbites.com/2016/12/21/a-victorian-christmas-furmenty-and-snapdragon/

    Irving, Washington. “The Christmas Dinner.” The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Public Domain eBook.

    Johnston, Keith. “11 Odd Victorian Christmas Traditions.” https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/652043/victorian-christmas-traditions

    Martisiute, Laura. “10 Strange Christmas Traditions From The Victorian Era.” https://listverse.com/2016/12/23/10-strange-christmas-traditions-from-the-victorian-era/

    Pendle, George. “Victorians’ Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking.” https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/victorians-christmas-parlor-games-will-leave-you-burned-bruised-and-puking

    Vincent, Sarah. “What Is the Christmas Pickle? The History Behind This Unique Tradition.” https://www.rd.com/article/christmas-pickle/

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    Email: thevictorianvarietyshow@gmail.com

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/victorianvarie1

    Mastodon: https://is.nota.live/@marisad

    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/marisadf13

    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/thevictorianvarietyshow

    I’d greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate & review this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Goodpods, Spotify, Podchaser, Audible, or wherever you listen, as that will help this podcast reach more listeners!

    Also, if you missed my look at Victorian-Era holiday cards last year, you can find it here: https://anchor.fm/marisa-d96/episodes/Seasons-Creepings--A-Brief-Discussion-of-Victorian-Era-Holiday-Cards-e1c4ol9


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    • 25 min
    A Stroll Through the Cemetery, with Traci Muller Rylands!

    A Stroll Through the Cemetery, with Traci Muller Rylands!

    I recently had the opportunity to talk to Traci Muller Rylands about cemeteries she has visited around the U.S. and the research those visits have inspired.

    About Traci: An almost-native of Georgia, Traci Muller Rylands has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia. She didn’t take an interest in cemeteries until 2012, when she became a photo volunteer for findagrave.com, an online database of cemeteries around the world. It was then she began sharing stories from the cemeteries she visited via her blog, adventuresincemeteryhopping.com. A stay-at-home mom, Traci lives in Dunwoody, Georgia, with her husband, Chris, and 15-year-old son, Sean. 

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    References

    Morticia. “Grave Words: A Love Affair With Victorian Headstones.” http://www.unofficialbritain.com/grave-words-a-love-affair-with-victorian-headstones/

    Rossetti, Christina. “One Sea-Side Grave.” https://allpoetry.com/One-Sea-Side-Grave

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    Email: thevictorianvarietyshow@gmail.com

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/victorianvarie1

    Mastodon: https://is.nota.live/@marisad

    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/marisadf13

    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/thevictorianvarietyshow

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    • 49 min
    Here’s the Scoop on A.B. Marshall, the Victorian Era’s “Queen of Ices”

    Here’s the Scoop on A.B. Marshall, the Victorian Era’s “Queen of Ices”

    Over half a century before “celebrity chefs” captured the public imagination, Agnes Bertha Marshall (1855-1905) was a true visionary who built an empire that included cooking schools, cookbooks and a weekly magazine, retail products, and other ventures. I provide a brief overview of Marshall’s life, and focus on the area she is perhaps best known for—desserts.

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    References

    Amalgamate. “Horrible Health and Safety Histories: Penny Licks.” http://www.amalgamate-safety.com/2018/05/08/horrible-health-and-safety-histories-penny-licks/

    Katz, Brigit. “Meet Agnes B. Marshall, the Victorian Queen of Ice Cream.” https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/598021/ice-cream-queen-of-victorian-england-agnes-b-marshall

    Marshall, A.B. Fancy Ices. https://archive.org/details/b29314501/mode/1up

    Marshall, A.B. Mrs. A.B. Marshall’s Cookery Book. https://archive.org/details/b21538050/page/360/mode/2up

    Marshall, A.B. The Book of Ices. https://archive.org/details/b21539613/mode/2up

    Waters, Michael. “The 19th-century entrepreneur who pioneered modern ice cream.” https://thehustle.co/agnes-marshall-who-invented-ice-cream/

    Wikipedia. “Agnes Marshall.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Marshall

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/victorianvarie1

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    • 28 min
    An Overview of Victorian-Era Occultism, with Stephen from Dark Stories from the Campfire!

    An Overview of Victorian-Era Occultism, with Stephen from Dark Stories from the Campfire!

    In this episode, I talk to Stephen of one of my favorite podcasts, Dark Stories from the Campfire, about British Occultism’s development during the Victorian Era and various factors that intersected with and influenced it (including French Occultism and Egyptomania).

    About Stephen: As the creator and writer of Dark Stories from the Campfire and The History of the Tarot, Stephen has had a deep interest in literature and history from a young age. It would not be uncommon to catch him spinning a tale to family or friends. As teenager he began incorporating music into his storytelling. Later, it was his interest in folklore, history, and intersection of music and storytelling that propelled him to study social/cultural anthropology, where he would pick up an interest in death rituals as well as the history of the occult, which began a life long obsession with Ouija boards and Tarot cards. Briefly, Stephen had a Youtube channel covering history and folklore, which ended due to his distaste for video editing. Shorlty thereafter, however, he began the Dark Stories from the Campfire podcast, where he presents original horror tales with the stories and music written by him. The podcast can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dark-stories-from-the-campfire/id1531508421. To contact Stephen, he is on Twitter @dark_campfire where he shares horror related material, as well as art, history, and occult materials. 

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    Reference

    Yeats, William Butler. “Magic.” https://hermetic.com/yeats/ideas-of-good-and-evil/magic

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    Email: thevictorianvarietyshow@gmail.com

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/victorianvarie1

    Mastodon: https://is.nota.live/@marisad

    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/marisadf13

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    • 51 min

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