Edna May Pettie

September 2, 1878 – January 1, 1948

Edna May was an American actress and singer. A popular postcard beauty, May was famous for her leading roles in Edwardian musical comedies.

Santa Maria– 1895

Si Stebbings in Syracuse– 1895

The Belle of New York– 1897

An American Beauty– 1900

The Girl from up there– 1901

Three Little Maids– 1902

The School Girl– 1904

The Darling of the Guards– 1904

La Poupé– 1904

The Catch of the Season1905

The Belle of Mayfair- 1906

Nelly Neil– 1907


British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) has been described as one of the Finest portraitists of the nineteenth century-in any medium. Raised in a well-connected and creative family, Cameron led an unconventional life for a woman of the Victorian age. After devoting herself to an artistic and literary salon at her home on the Isle of Wight and raising eleven children, Cameron took up photography in her late forties. Over the next fourteen years, she produced more than a thousand strikingly original and often controversial images. Her searching portraits of her friends and acquaintances, including Alfred Tennyson and Charles Darwin, have been called the world’s first close-ups.

Photo 1: The Parting of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, 1874

Photo 2: Kate Dore, 1862

Photo 3: The Passing of Authur, 1875

Photo 4: Summer Days, 1866


Model: Mrs. Evans

Place: Montreal, QC

Date: 1894

Description: Mrs. Evans, photographed in the Notman studio in 1894, is shown sporting a dress very much in keeping with contemporary taste. The puffy “balloon” sleeves are typical of the mid-1890s. They would never be fuller than they were in the period from 1890 to 1896, and would go out of fashion after 1897. The sleeves of Mrs. Evans’ dress and its high collar and knots, although these do not appear at the same place on the bodice, remind one of a dinner dress in the collection of the McCord Museum.


19th Century Slang: 

Afternoonified: A society word meaning “smart.” 

Bang up to the Elephant: This phrase originated in London in 1882, and means “perfect, complete, unapproachable.”

Benjo:  Nineteenth century sailor slang for “A riotous holiday, a noisy day in the streets.”

Bellows to Mend: A person out of breath.

Bricky: Brave or Fearless

Bow Wow Mutton: 

A naval term referring to meat so bad “it might be dog flesh.”

Cat-heads: A woman’s breasts. Sea phrase.

Cop a Mouse: To get a black eye.

Church Bell: A talkative Woman.

Cupboard Love: Pretended love to the cook, or any other person, for the sake of a meal.

Daddles: A delightful way to refer to your boring hands. 

Don’t Sell me a Dog: Popular until the 1870′s- meaning “Don’t lie to me.”

Doing the Bear: Courting that involves hugging.

Door-Knocker: A type of beard “formed by the cheeks and chin being shaved leaving a chain of hair under the chin, and upon each side of mouth forming with a mustache.”

Earth Bath: A grave

Fimble-Famble: A lame, prevaricating excuse.

Fly Rink: A bald head. 

Follow-me-lads: Curls hanging over a lady’s shoulder.

Gas Pipes: Tight Pants. 

Gal Sneaker: A Man devoted to seduction.


An ugly person, especially one with a heavy lower jaw

Go by the Ground: A short person, man or woman. 

Half-Rats: Partially Intoxicated.

Jollocks: A Fat person. 

Make a Stuffed Bird Laugh: “Absolutely preposterous.”

Monkey With a Long Tail: A mortgage.

Month of Sundays: An indefinite period, a long time.

Muckender: A pocket handkerchief, snottinger.

Take the Egg: To Win. 

Rain Napper: Umbrella.

Rib: Wife.

Sauce Box: Mouth.

Sit-upons: Trousers.

Snooze-case: Pillow case. 


Betty Compson

Born: March 19, 1897

Died: April 18, 1974

Betty was an American actress and film producer. Most famous in silent films and early talkies, she is best known in her performances in ‘The Docks of New York’ and ‘The Barker’. She later earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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