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Not nearly Victorian

September 11, 2015

Rebecca Onion pens the obvious response to the Vox article by the couple who live in Victorian dress and mostly using Victorian technology:

Like our own world, it was a web of social ties. These social ties extended into every corner of people’s lives, influencing the way people treated each other in intimate relationships; the way disease was passed and treated; the possibilities open to women, minorities, and the poor; the whirl of expectations, traditions, language, and community that made up everyday lives. Material objects like corsets or kerosene lamps were part of this complex web, but only a part.

I like the idea of a couple putting on the Victorian style in Port Townsend. Where better? Why not? But it does seem to me that Sarah Chrisman takes her personal lifestyle too broadly as a study of history. It’s fine to delve into style and technology. It is a mistake to think that is more than a thin, thin part of the time from which they came.

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