Keli Gwyn
‘Way Back When’sday: Child’s Food Pusher Utensil

Babies in the Victorian Era had child-sized utensils, just like children do today.

The child’s table service below is on display
at the Bernhard Museum in Auburn, California.

Child's Table Service

While touring the museum, the docent pointed out the utensil
to the left of the cup. It’s call a food pusher.

Food Pusher

This special utensil helped a child transition from eating with the fingers
to using silverware. The youngster would use a food pusher to load
a bite onto a fork or spoon. Clever, isn’t it?


What unique utensils from yesteryear have you discovered?


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Friday Fun Victorian Style

The corset is making a comeback.

According to a June 18th BBC article, “The re-re-re-rise of the corset,” sales of one of the most notable clothing articles of the Victorian Era are “booming.”

Corset customers aren’t just performers or dancers these days. According to the article, ordinary women are wearing the undergarment.

The corset was commonplace during the Victorian Era. Most women wore the restrictive undergarment to achieve the small waist fashion dictated.

When I had my Victorian gown made, I asked my seamstress to include a small bustle to enhance my backside. However, I drew the line at wearing a corset. Authenticity, I reasoned, has its limits.

After reading this article, I got to thinking. If I were to order a corset and wear it just for a day, I would gain a better understanding of what life was really like for women in the Victorian Era.

I found the White Flower Tapestry Brocade Corset With White Lace pictured below on Amazon. It’s received several favorable reviews, is reasonably priced, and has a lovely feminine look. If I were to buy a corset, this would be my choice.

The question I ask myself is this:
How far am I willing to go in the name of research?


And now my questions for you. . .

Would you be interested in a post in which I share “A Day of Life in a Corset”?

Would you consider getting a corset for research or for a particular costume?


Victorian corset image from Victorian Fashions CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)by Dover.

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Friday Fun Victorian Style

The Victorians liked to pose for photographs. The early Daguerreotype came about in 1839, when the inventor Samuel Morse returned to the U.S. after visiting Daguerre in Paris. Ambrotypes and tintypes followed in the mid 1850s.

The carte de visite appeared around 1859. This 2.5 x 4-inch photograph mounted on cardboard was affordable. When the Civil War tore families apart, many had photos taken so they could gaze upon their loved ones.

The photo above shows the four cartes de visite I found in an antique store and used as the models for the major characters in my debut novel. Although the photographs are over 140 years old, they are in remarkable shape, a tribute to the photography of yesteryear.

The carte de visite was replaced by a larger photograph in the 1870s. The 4 x 6-inch images were also mounted on cardboard. The one below shows the woman I used as the model for the heroine in my latest story.

Can you guess what these larger photographs were called?

Update and Answer

The 4 x 6-inch photograph first seen in the 1870s was the cabinet card.

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