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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."

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"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."

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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!

July 16th We are celebrating Dorian’s Parlor one year anniversary!

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

RSVP here :

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

Buy Tickets HERE:


$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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A Little Help if YOu please

So I've been on this kick lately.

I also am getting quite heavy into the whole mask and masquerade thing. Cannot remember the name of that one movie with all the people fucking with the masks in it, but that comes to mind. I've happened to find a site that has a ton of porn with masked folks on it. But I have to wonder what is the meaning to the mask, what does each mean, obviously there are masks which mean nothing and are simply worn to conceal identity, at times they are worn to conceal both identity and emotion, while at others the mask seemingly is a purposeful representation of social status and position of power, importance or used to demonstrate a level of submission or domination, perhaps the colors and designs are even made to show and display a message or a specialty.

Any thoughts, advice, or knowledge on these would be great. Better yet, what, where, and when are events and occurrences that take place have to do with the wearing of these sorts of masks outside of the obvious Halloween and certain national holidays found around the world, I expect everyone to comment on this, especially if you live somewhere which the mask is used quite often, or if you have a lot of knowledge or experience with such things.