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Week-end Compendium: 23 January 2016

"The Snow Queen"

“The Snow Queen”

Mrs Daffodil  hopes that all of you are warm and safe from the impending snow-storms, or, if house-bound, have sufficient bread, milk, and brandy laid on.

This week’s links for Mrs Daffodil:

Sixteen-button Bouffants: A Chat with the Fashion Gazette Editor: 1888, in which an innocent young girl is given some quixotic fashion advice by a well-meaning male editor.

The Flapper and Her Corset: 1921 offers dire warnings to all flappers who wish to leave off their under-pinnings. An early example of “fat-shaming.”

The sad story of Old Lisbeth and her ghostly visit to a former master who had treated her kindly.

See Mrs Daffodil on Sunday for how to make a sandstorm on stage.

Over at the Haunted Ohio blog we find the following:

“Uncanny Meteors:” Spook Lights in New Zealand, in which a naturalist relates his very close encounter with apparently sentient glowing orbs.

The Ghost of Mary Seneff, who haunted the site of her watery grave, after she was hacked to death and thrown into a local creek.

From the Archives: Enough Rope: The Hangman’s Rope in the Press, a light-hearted look at specifications for hangmen’s ropes and the superstitions surrounding them.

Favourite posts of the week: Cellphones and the Paranormal. And The Awful Greatness of the Cherry Sisters.

A "Snowflake" costume by "Zig," c. 1925. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1222891/costume-design-zig/

A “Snowflake” costume by “Zig,” c. 1925. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1222891/costume-design-zig/

Mrs Daffodil invites you to join her on the curiously named “Face-book,” where you will find a feast of fashion hints, fads and fancies, and historical anecdotes

You may read about a sentimental succubus, a vengeful seamstress’s ghost, Victorian mourning gone horribly wrong, and, of course, Mrs Daffodil’s efficient tidying up after a distasteful decapitation in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales.

Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead.

Week-end Compendium: 9 January 2016

Random notes 1910 lady writer

That assertive person over at Haunted Ohio has persuaded Mrs Daffodil to substitute for her Saturday posts a “week-end compendium” of the week’s posts, plus archival posts and a notable current link. Mrs Daffodil is pursing her lips dubiously, but will see if this format finds favour with her readers. Heaven knows, Mrs Daffodil could use a little extra time for a spot of tea or reading some improving book, but does not wish to impose an unwelcome new regime.

Mrs Daffodil will add a fashion photo-gravure to her portion of the entertainment and, in future, will warn her readers if she finds any of the Haunted Ohio posts to be unusually tasteless or grewsome, as they are sometimes wont to be. This week’s are odd, but relatively innocuous, unless one recoils at the thought of lizards in one’s stomach. Mrs Daffodil will now turn the floor over to her erstwhile colleague:

In this Weekend Compendium where Mrs Daffodil meets Charles Fort, we find

From Mrs Daffodil:

The Jag Matron, who knows how to handle the toughest cases of the DTs.

A Naughty Story on Ice featuring adultery on skates.

The Captain’s Vision, wherein a bullying sea-captain sees his wife’s ghost. Deaths ensue.

See Mrs Daffodil’s Sunday post on “The Widow’s Baby“; not quite what it seems.

From the Haunted Ohio blog:

Skrats and How to Make Them: DIY Brownies. Allen wrench not included.

The Lizard Cure A Canadian farmer is cured of a multiple lizard infestation by a gypsy.

From the vaults: The Psychic Howler, a discussion of vintage ghost-hunting equipment.

A favorite link from Weekinweird.com: The Warrens and the Enfield Poltergeist case.

French evening gown, c. 1911. This is woven with what appear to be Prince of Wales feathers. A court presentation gown, perhaps? http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/81103?rpp=30&pg=1&ao=on&ft=evening+dress&pos=5

French evening gown, c. 1911. This is woven with what appear to be Prince of Wales feathers. A court presentation gown, perhaps? http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/81103?rpp=30&pg=1&ao=on&ft=evening+dress&pos=5

Chris Woodyard is the author of The Victorian Book of the Dead, The Ghost Wore Black, The Headless Horror, The Face in the Window, and the 7-volume Haunted Ohio series. She is also the chronicler of the adventures of that amiable murderess Mrs Daffodil in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales. The books are available in paperback and for Kindle. Indexes and fact sheets for all of these books may be found by searching hauntedohiobooks.com. Join her on FB at Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard or The Victorian Book of the Dead.

Mrs Daffodil invites you to join her on the curiously named “Face-book,” where you will find a feast of fashion hints, fads and fancies, and historical anecdotes

You may read about a sentimental succubus, a vengeful seamstress’s ghost, Victorian mourning gone horribly wrong, and, of course, Mrs Daffodil’s efficient tidying up after a distasteful decapitation in A Spot of Bother: Four Macabre Tales.