Mourning Accessories: Hand Fans
Victorian Mourning Fans
Fans have been almost a necessity since the beginning of time. To move stale air, cool the skin, hide away from the sun, and so much more. They have come in all sizes from very large ones on long sticks to cool rooms, to small hand sized ones that fit in a pocket. They have been made all over the world, and from just about every material. During the Georgian and Victorian Era there was even a language of fans, and a code of conduct. With the rules and codes of conduct for mourning, even fans were included. Solid black for deep mourning covered in paper or silk, then Chantilly Lace over cream, lilac, or white. The blades were made of wood, ebony, ivory, mother of pearl, and more. Starting as plain as possible, then as mourning progressed decoration became more ornate. Many folding fans were imported from the Orient, or Venice. Today there are still many Victorian hand fans available on the market, though many are in need of restoration and repair. Is it time to add to your collection?
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Book Review: The Medical Book
The Medical Book by Clifford Pickover
Very interesting coverage of how medical has changed since B.C. till now. Though my only issue is the year assigned said what happened, but no end date, cure date or much really was ended in it. I would have loved more information like X bacteria was discovered in X year, X year vaccine was released. It was more of a general ball park on most subjects. Still eye opening on when things happened and how things were discovered.
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Medical-Book-Surgeons-Milestones-Medicine/dp/1402785852/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516045741&sr=8-1&keywords=the+medical+book+pickover
Death Warmed Over by Lisa Rogak
Everyone loves to eat, and we all bring food to our funeral rituals. Almost every culture has foods that go great with funerals, this book brings together some of those recipes for us to celebrate. Lots of little anecdotes are tucked in to those pages as well as some information from each culture represented with in. Fun little book and most of the foods sound amazing. Not your typical cook book, but one that will definitely turn heads at parties.
5/5 Coffins- tasty treats will ensue
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Warmed-Over-Funeral-Rituals/dp/1580085636/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515776174&sr=8-1&keywords=death+warmed+over
Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts a History of Burial by Penny Colman
From the Team at Museum of Mortality