More blogs! So many more blogs! Tricky to keep up, enticing to begin. I started Virtual first, at the end of 2006, and it was going to be a catch-all about oddities and history and genealogy and all sorts of strange retro/historical things. Hence the name, since dime museums were Victorian establishments where there were sideshow acts, vaudeville and theatre, wild animals and odd things in jars. Also fortune tellers and a miscellany of weird stuff. Perfect blog title. Here we go. And then early in 2008 I decided to start a blog about my collection of odd retro cookbooks, and Kitchen Retro was begun. Soon enough I discovered that what I really loved were the old advertisements that were illustrating my posts.
The Doubletake was originally a blog about odd news (you see a pattern here, don't you - me liking weird, unusual, quirky stuff) and went through loads of incarnations and now is sort of Kitchen Retro 2, which has me thinking that maybe I should just merge the two and be done with it. I might do that. But for now, it's still on its own.
The Virtual Dime Museum: I write about NYC history and genealogy here. I grew up in New York City and most of my ancestral roots are across the river in Brooklyn. My ancestors got into all kinds of tricky situations, most of which made the New York Times and/or the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. As this is a dime museum of sorts, there are other exhibits too: posts about unusual Victorian women, the history of patent medicines, and Victorian magic and fortune telling. Take your pick!
The Doubletake: Kitchen Retro's companion site - more old ads, basically. I'm probably going to wrap Doubletake more into KR, and Cinnamon Moon into Virtual Dime Museum. But I'm not sure.
Cinnamon Moon: This is my latest blog, dating from November 2011, and it's best described as quirky culinary history.