i haven't vanished ~ not completely! while i am busy with summer projects, i will try to update here more often (of course i say this and let's see if i can actually do it). meanwhile, if anyone has interesting things to share, please do!

for today, here's an interesting little news story about a stamp from 1873.

Lincoln stamp: Stolen, found, sold for $431,000

Sun Jun 14, 1:58 am ET

NEW YORK – A rare Abraham Lincoln stamp that was stolen from Indiana in 1967 and surfaced 39 years later in Chicago has sold at auction for more than $430,000. [click title link to read more].

The Aztec Club has a great set of pages about the Mexican War, but the site is downright unavigateable. This is too bad since there's some great information in there and wonderful images well-worth perusing. The Aztec Club refers to a group of well-known soldiers who fought in the Mexican War in 1847 (among them Civil War giants Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, James Longstreet, and more!).

Check out the uniforms page (because who doesn't love a man in uniform? ~ especially 19th century ones!). Lots of examples of period duds, including these fashionable seaman's bellbottoms (hand embroidered!)

You can check out other pages if you like, but beware of serious webfugly! if only there was an email listed, we could all do our part to improve 19th century resources on the web by gently suggesting to the site maintainer that they may want to drag their web skills into the 21st century.

If you know of any great 19th century-related websites roaming around out there, feel free to share them ~ and use the tag "websites".

for anyone interested in Appalachian History, Dave Tabler has a great blog for your perusal. A lot of the entries are more specifically post-1900, but there's some really interesting stuff from the 19th century as well. Of particular interest are posts about the Cherokee nation and folk culture.

The tagging for this blog isn't particularly helpful (being too specific), but you can browse the long long list of topics on the left-hand side.

If you know of a great blog with ties to the 19th century (whether research, images, or otherwise), feel free to share it ~ and use the tag "blogs".

One of the things I would love to do with this community is find interesting Victorian-era-related websites and share them (factual, artistic, or otherwise). Today I thought I would pass along a link to Wooden Rose by Tami Wicinas. It's called a "Victorian fairy tale" and I'll say the emphasis should be on "fairy tale".

While clearly inspired by at least pseudo-Victorian themes, it's more about the romance of the era than the era itself, with very little precision in the details. But it's nicely drawn (animé style) and well-colored ~ and will likely prove entertaining in spite of its lack of authenticity. There's no sense whatsoever what country in which it takes place, but that's okay too: it leans so heavily on the fantasy end of things, it likely won't matter.


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P.S. I hope this entry gives some sense of the leeway allowable when addressing the topic of this community.
I guess we should have an official welcome post so that people can introduce themselves as they find their way here.

So: welcome!

Feel free to post and tell the community what your historical interests are, what your creative interest are, and anything else you would like us to know about you! And don't be shy ~ here, even hippos dance!

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I'll leave this post at the top of the list for a spell to make sure it's the first thing anyone sees if they stumble into the community by accident.
Okay, this community is very empty at the moment, but I'm hoping that gradually people will find their way here. Make yourself at home ~ anything "on topic" is allowed. Put any super long posts, NSFW pictures, or images wider than 500 pixels under a cut (and with a warning, if necessary), please, and let's talk about cool stuff!

I'm working on making the place prettier, but it may take me a while to get it in order.



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