Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! Since we’re in San Francisco and close to Chinatown, we thought we’d post this image of the traditional dragon dance from circa 1890:

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Happy Halloween!

We want to wish everyone a happy Halloween out there!

Fall has finally made it’s appearance, albeit California style, and with it comes Halloween. Victorians were fascinated by the supernatural and the occult and they even dressed up for the occasion. Here are a few examples:

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Sometimes Halloween cards seemed to take on a romantic theme that would seem more appropriate for Valentine’s Day:

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And of course, we couldn’t let the day pass by without something fashion-related:

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And even if it was a costume, a proper corset was an essential requirement. 🙂