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Mollie Fancher, the Brooklyn enigma

"Bedridden at her brownstone home at 160 Gates Avenue, Mollie began exhibiting bizarre behavior—blindness, spasms, and what’s described as a “nine-year trance.”
When she finally awoke, oddly in almost perfect health, she claimed to be a clairvoyant who could see through walls, read people’s thoughts, and was in touch with the afterlife. Molly also insisted she could exist without eating. “By the late 1870s Fancher’s food abstinence was as allegedly as awesome as her clairvoyance,” writes Joan Jacobs Brumberg in Fasting Girls. “In one six-month period, her recorded intake was four teaspoons of milk punch, two teaspoons of wine, one small banana, and a piece of cracker.”
Newspapers gleefully reported Molly’s wild claims. Scientists and the public weighed in as well. But since Mollie refused to be examined, her claims couldn’t be proven."

Source- http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/mollie-fancher-the-mysterious-brooklyn-enigma/

Delightful Mourning jewelry!

I was searching etsy for some new interesting jewelry pieces when I found a shop that has some rather beautiful taxidermy jewelry.

This was one of my favorites. :)

She's also running a sale right now for 30% off of everything with the code DEADLIKEME. Just thought I'd share as I love a good deal. :)

Gorgeous chemist's shop in Fabriano, Italy

it has also links with freemasonry....and they also sell natural cosmetics
Museo Farmacia Mazzolini Giuseppucci

Sep. 16th, 2011

"With his studio located in the Bowery, New York City, photographer Charles Eisenmann began photographing portraits of show people from dime museums in the 1870s. While photographing “ordinary” people in the basic conventional form, Eisenmann continued working on his archive of “freaks” throughout the 1870s and 80s, which he sold in the cabinet style as collectables.

Clothed in stand collar uniforms and bustle dresses from the Victorian Era, each portrait is carefully directed to enhance the visual wonders of the models’ distinct physique."

More - http://www.gallery-naruyama.com/english/collection-eng.html

Working children (maybe slightly post-1901)

A great photographis account of these young workers
Lewis Hine Photography
Featuring great photos of "industrial archaeology" too :)

Ratabelle (shamelessly cross-posted)

In a nod to Victorian Kitsch Taxidermy (such as Mr. Potter's stuffed kitten tea party), I articulated the skeleton of a giant pouched rat and dressed her in a fancy Victorian blouse, skirt, & bustle set.

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Full set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7760104@N06/sets/72157627160351695/

Re-Vamped Website!

Jul. 20th, 2011

I have a question and I wasn't sure where else to ask, feel free to chastise me, but I am wondering could anyone point me toward any victorian paintings that depict a house clearance or auction? I am studying 19th century art myself but haven't come across anything with that subject matter, only evictions and emigration. Any help will be much appreciated!

This July 16th We are celebrating our one year anniversary!

RSVP here : http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117135848365529

Do dress to the nines in Dandy, Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Neo-Vintage, Black Tie

Buy Tickets HERE: http://doriansparlor.ticketleap.com/dorians-parlor-one-year-anniversary/t/facebook/


$25 gets you admission, drink ticket, and Hors D'oeuvres

One year ago we opened our doors to you and most importantly you came. You came dressed to the 9s and became part of our monthly event. You saw and experienced the fantastic roster of award winning and incredible preformers, bands, artists and fashion designers. Without you we would be nothing and thus we now celebrate our one year anniversary by tossing the biggest and best party ever just for you, our beloved guests.

As always, the whole evening has been formulated like a fine elixir to amuse, tantalize and amaze you.

We are honored to have the exclusive release event for G. D. Falksen's debut novel “Blood In The Skies”, a fast-paced steampunk adventure story set in a world of excitement, danger, and aviation. Join Wing Commander Steele of the Commonwealth Air Force as she battles mysterious assassins and bloodthirsty pirates bent on delivering a doomsday weapon into the hands of a madman. Coming this summer from Wildside Press. Penned by G. D. Falksen fantastic illustrations by Jeni Hellum. We are lucky to offer you not only the first glance at this great book but also be privileged to hear a reading by the author and illustartor done in a classic radioland performance style, a treat not to be missed.

With such incredible music acts as "This Way to the Egress!", whose debut album is out soon; and the immortal and world famous Voltaire, who will serenade you of the wonders of being Evil while masterfuly playing his guitar. You know these performers' talent and music, and now is your chance to see them at Dorian's Parlor.

We are honored and very fortunate to have fashion designer Anthony Canney, head of the design house The House of Canney, where the trends from history never looked so fresh. Specializing in bespoke, historically inspired fashion and corsetry, Canney has traveled half way across the contury to show you his latest designs on gorgeous models in our fashion show.

And that's not all. We have dozens of one of a kind venders eager to sell you their great wears, preformers yet to be named (we must keep some surprises), glorious food and drink, and one of the best DJs out there, DJ Dave Ghoul, spinning song after song to keep you dancing the night away. There will be a vintage style photo booths to capture your evening with our talented photographers. We will have a mountain of door prizes and give aways from such places as Wildside Press, Retroscope Fashions, Steampunk Tales and many more all just for you. Prehaps a special bit of cake to celebrate a year of letting us entertain you. So come to our birthday party dressed your best and ejoy the spectacle we have prepared just for you. You will will not want to miss the event that surely will be totted as one of the parties of the year.

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