Above painting: Louis Jean Francois - Mars and Venus an Allegory of Peace
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Video of the Week

We're Back with Video of the Week!  This week our video is from Horrible Histories Victorians: Vulgar Words.  House-hunting in the slums.  
Hope you enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Words in History

Then and Now Definitions of Words Used in History
  • defecate
    • then:  to purify something
    • now:  discharge feces from the body
  • elongate
    • then:  to remove or move something
    • now: make something longer
  • flabby
    • then:  damp or clammy
    • now:  soft loose flesh
  • heartburn
    • then:  jealous or full of hatred
    • now:  form of indigestion
  • keister
    • then:  suitcase or satchel
    • now:  person's buttocks
Erotic Word of the Week

Well endowed/large penis
  • womb bruiser
  • clarkoid
  • baby's forearm
  • beer can
  • rippled yam

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 18th thru May 24th

What Happened This Week in History?

  • May 18, 1830-  The fountain pen was patented by H. D.
  • May 19, 1536- The second wife of England's King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery
  • May 20, 2009-  Wayne Allwine the voice of Mickey Mouse died at 62 years old.  His wife was actress who voiced Minnie Mouse.
  • May 21, 1908- The first horror movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde premieres in Chicago
  • May 22, 1933- Loch Ness Monster is first reportedly sighted by John Mackay
  • May 23, 1774-  Chestertown tea party occurs
  • May 24, 2000- Chuck D testified to the US Congress about the benefits of Napster and online music distribution

Monday, May 18, 2015

Erotic Historical Words

This is a list of erotic words (some more historical than others) used to describe sex and related body parts.

This week words related to women:

  • flopper stopper
  • sheepdog
  • tit-pants
  • lung-hammock
  • front suspension
Desirable Woman
  • haveable
  • beddable
  • oomphy
  • doe-like
  • table-grade
  • beefbox
  • vicious circle
  • nodder
  • fireplace
  • jam donut
  • have one's granny
  • have the painters in
  • stub one's toe
  • fall off the roof
  • entertain the general
  • firebell
  • poker breaker
  • rib
  • sergeant major
  • cows and kisses

Friday, May 15, 2015

Words in History

Then and Now Word Definitions

  • thongs
    • then:  flip flops
    • now:  underwear
  • success
    • then: any outcome good or bad
    • now:  accomplishment
  • nervous
    • then:  strong and vigorous
    • now:  anxious
  • doom
    • then:  a law or judgement
    • now:  fated death
  • egregious
    • then: remarkably good
    • now: outstandingly bad

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 11th thru May 17th

What Happened This Week in History?
  • May 11, 1858-  Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state
  • May 12, 1847-  William Clayton invented the odometer
  • May 13, 1967- Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run
  • May 14, 1643-  Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 after the death of his father
  • May 15, 1985-  Prince released the single "Raspberry Beret"
  • May 16, 1920- Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome
  • May 17, 2007- First time trains crossed the border dividing North and South Korea since 1953

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Avoiding Turn of the Century Bustle Pinchers by Deeanne Gist

Welcome to History Undressed guest author, Deeanne Gist. I had the pleasure of reading her book Tiffany Girl (see review here) and I'm happy to host her today on the blog! Enjoy!

Avoiding Turn of the Century Bustle Pinchers
by Deeanne Gist
Author of Tiffany Girl

If you think being a woman today is tough, let’s take a step back to 1893 when women were just breaking into the workforce. If you read Eliza’s review of my new book, Tiffany Girl, you already know about my smart, artistic protagonist, Flossie Jayne, one of the “New Women” behind Louis Comfort Tiffany’s famous glasswork.

Flossie is based on a compilation of real women who shattered the mold for females at the turn of the century. Naive but driven, she defied her mother, her father and society by getting a man’s job in a man’s world and moving—without chaperone—into a boardinghouse. And there were consequences to be paid for this effrontery.

Loneliness. Uncertainty. Vulnerability, to name a few. Their lot was particularly challenging when they had to take the streetcars during rush hours. Stuffed into a crowded space with little wiggle room, men—or “bustle pinchers” as they were called—brushed up close to the girls, then pushed, taunted and touched them inappropriately. I’d ask if you could even imagine such a thing, but any young woman today who’s ridden a very crowded subway might very well be able to imagine it only too well.

And while Flossie had thick skin, she wasn’t immune. As I was writing a scene which included bustle pinchers, I found my mama-bear claws coming out. Just thinking about the gall of those men really fired my blood, especially knowing there really was such a thing. I found myself wishing I could jump into the book and give Flossie advice on how to handle them. I’d have said things like:

Head to work early. As if she didn’t work hard enough, right? But, maybe if she could head out to work earlier than normal, she might just be able to snag a seat on the streetcar.

Take your bike. If the weather permitted (honestly, even if it didn’t), riding her bike to work would mean she wouldn’t have to get on the streetcar at all and she’d avoid those nasty, groping, smelly men! She’d have to be careful though. Women out on the street after dark were assumed to be promiscuous.

Wear heavy clothing. Layer up! The men might pinch, but all they’ll get is a little extra fabric. Serves them right!

What I’d really want to say is … stare, slap, scold and knee! Practically speaking, the streetcar would have been too packed for her to whack a man with her purse, but if the opportunity presented itself to Flossie, I would have said: Go for it, girl!

So what about our modern equivalent to bustle pinchers? How would/do you avoid them?

Here are few pics of Deeanne in a beautiful gown--complete with a bustle!

Deeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her original, fun historicals. She has garnered four RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base.

With three-quarters of a million trade books sold, Deeanne has been presented the National Readers’ Choice, Book Buyers’ Best, Golden Quill, Books*A*Million Pick of the Month, Romantic Times Pick of the Month, Award of Excellence, and Laurel Wreath awards

Deeanne has a very active online community on her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and her YouTube channel.

Deeanne lives in Texas with her husband of thirty-one years and their border collie. They have four grown children.

Deeanne loves to hear from readers, blogs frequently on www.DeeanneGist.com and enjoys posting and reaching out to readers on her Facebook page,
Link to Dee’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/deesfriends

About the book:

From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—and the love that threatens it all. 

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the New York School of Applied Design. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.” 

Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to be an independent "New Woman" when most of the fair sex stayed home, she quickly finds the world less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.
As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?