Vinegar #Valentines

Jane Eyre may have received one–if not from Mr. Rochester than from her horrid cousins. Called “vinegar valentines” or “penny dreadfuls”, these alternative Valentine’s Day cards were mailed to people of whom you disapproved, reminding them of their flaws and/or rejecting their love. Starting to appear in the 1840s and continuing well into the 1970s, they became as popular as the “real” penny Valentines being sent left and right on February 14th. Well before the Internet, these comically cruel cards were a reminder that human nature demands the sour with the sweet. Like the messages of today’s internet trolls, they … Continue reading Vinegar #Valentines

Very Victorian Christmas Problems

It’s that time of year again. Happy Yule from Annabelle Troy and the characters of Jane Eyre Gets Real. Victoria and Albert got a Christmas tree…so now you have to get a Christmas tree Plum Pudding Too Dry Extremely Disturbing Greeting Cards   Um, kids, that’s not really Santa…   Angels Keep Dropping By While You’re Trying To Sleep Hard to Tell Holly & Ivy From Poison Ivy Continue reading Very Victorian Christmas Problems