Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews

19th century

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The Vulnerable Victorian Governess

A governess occupied a unique position in a Victorian household. She was neither servant nor family member, a fact which often left her isolated and vulnerable....

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The Truth About Reformed Rakes: Victorian Views on Marrying a Scoundrel

When it came to marriage, many Victorian ladies firmly believed that a reformed rake was superior to other men....

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A Brief History of Victorian Veils...for Babies

When taking a baby out of the house, many Victorian mothers first covered the baby’s face with a veil....

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A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Cleaning Dresses of Muslin, Silk, Velvet, and Lace

A good lady’s maid knew how to sponge and press a fashionable gown, as well as how to spot clean stains in fine fabrics....

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Victorian Hairspray: A Brief History of Gum Solutions and Bandoline

Long before the twentieth century invention of aerosol hairspray, Victorian women were using sticky hair products to fix their wayward locks stiffly into place....

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The Learned Dog, Lily: A Whist-Playing Victorian Canine

In 1857, a little English spaniel billed as “The Learned Dog, Lily" was touted as one of the greatest attractions at Cremorne Gardens....

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Mimi’s books are also available at Penguin Random House, IndieBound and Powell’s, and at Amazon in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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