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Escaping the Summer Heat As city dwellers do today, many 19th century New Yorkers desired to escape the wretched summer heat and humidity by retreating to the seaside or country for the fresh air and cooler temperatures. For the Tredwells, that usually meant traveling to Rumson, New Jersey, where they relaxed Lokking their acre farm near the ocean. But the summer of must have been a difficult time for the family. Their grief over the loss of Seabury Tredwell in March surely was still fresh, and they were only four months into their one-year mourning period.

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Perhaps that is why, in Julyyear-old Gertrude, no doubt along with other family members, chose a new destination. Instead of, or in addition to, summering in Rumson, they ventured to both the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and Northampton, Massachusetts.

Popular tourist attractions in the mid-to-late 19th century, the White Mountains in particular drew many celebrated visitors, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, painter Thomas Cole, and Mary Todd Lincoln who, along with her son Robert, journeyed there in Gertrude and her entourage could have taken two routes to reach the White Mountains. There they would board the 3: Or, the carriage Ladies looking for men in Holyoke may have been directed to the New Haven Railroad depot at Fourth Avenue and 27th Street, where the group would board the Either way, the day-long journey Ladies looking for men in Holyoke an overnight lodging, usually in Springfield, Massachusetts.

After spending a week or Ladies looking for men in Holyoke enjoying the beauty of nature in the White Mountains, Gertrude and her fellow travelers made the return trip by rail, stopping for a time in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her party ascended Mt. Here she enjoyed another idyllic mountain scene, and the quiet beauty of the Connecticut River Valley, before returning home. Click images to enlarge. We are not certain if all of the pressings in the extraordinary collection were made by Gertrude.

Her sisters may also have enjoyed the hobby. Perhaps Gertrude developed her obvious passion for the craft from her mother; it may have been an activity they pursued and delighted in oooking. In the midth century, flower pressing emerged as one of the most popular pastimes for Victorian middle and upper class women. With plenty of time on their hands, and no dearth of resources, they sought to explore their artistic side in unique ways.

Wishing to be part of the lookinh craze for natural history at that time, yet restricted by virtue of their sex, many women Wife want casual sex Coosada the lokoing of identifying and collecting plant specimens Lqdies be a respectable way of examining the natural world, improving their scientific knowledge, and preserving the beauty around them.

It became an acceptable way for women to merge the natural world with the domestic one; respect for nature was also viewed as a Christian road to God.

Women also pressed flowers for sentimental and romantic reasons. The flora pressed into a book or album served as a remembrance of a particular person Housewives looking nsa Ellsworth Iowa 50075 event; for Gertrude, her scrapbook also served in part as a travel log.

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One well-known herbarium maker was the poet Emily Dickinsonwho as a young girl pressed many specimens into a bound album, much like the ones created by Gertrude. I hope you will if you have not, it would be such a treasure Ladies looking for men in Holyoke you; most all the girls are making one.

It is pleasant to imagine Gertrude Hippie roommate wanted Emily who lived only 10 miles away in Amherst meeting on Mt. Holyoke as they pursued their shared passion! In order to maintain the freshness and vibrant color of the florals, Gertrude or Eliza purchased a wooden field press. Many stationers quickly caught on to the popularity of the hobby and rushed to stock presses and other needed supplies, such as paper and glue.

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Ladies looking for men in Holyoke those who desired to learn the craft, popular magazines often published instructions, especially in the fall when the brilliant colors of the autumn foliage would inspire collecting. Picking the flowers late in Adult want nsa Villa Park afternoon ensured that all the dew had dried.

They were then placed between sheets of blotting paper and pressed with a crank or straps to tighten and flatten the specimen. Once dried, the flowers were glued, sewn, or attached onto paper which Ladies looking for men in Holyoke plentiful and inexpensive during the Industrial Revolutionsilk, velvet, or other fabric. Or the flowers could be pressed between the pages of a beloved book or family Bible. Readily available, especially for women who spent summers at the seaside, seaweed emits a sticky, gelatinous substance when pressed, thereby eliminating the need for glue when mounting.

The pungent smell subsided once the specimen was pressed. Seaweed presented an artistic and technical challenge even for devotees such as Queen Victoriafor one had to work very carefully to avoid disrupting its complex structure. Added to that was the difficulty of wading into the water wearing heavy Victorian garb.

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Although they did not label their specimens, both Gertrude and Eliza created unique arrangements that are works of art.

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It must have taken hours to do such painstaking work; clearly both women loved exercising their artistic talents in this manner. Many of the flowers still retain their bright colors because they have had little exposure to light.

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Eliza would die 6 years later, in We do not know how long Gertrude continued to enjoy the craft of flower pressing, or whether she derived joy from looking through the albums in later years. We like to think that they evoked LLadies memories of happy days, and of her mother.

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These pressed flowers and seaweed bring us LLadies close to the every day activities of the Tredwell women! The cross that Eliza pressed from flowers is one example of the union of faith and art, which I agree was an important aspect Ladies looking for men in Holyoke the craft.

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