October the 17th
My dear colleagues,
One week ago, I discovered what may very well be the greatest cache of authentic Victorian Era artifacts our small but illustrious field has yet seen. Perhaps “discovered” is not quite accurate, so I will start from the beginning.
Upon my elderly aunt’s death, my relatives began the arduous task of going through her very large estate. In a secluded attic corner, they found a massive trunk containing – their words – antique lady’s stuff they thought I’d like. And indeed, I am grateful for my relatives’ slim grasp of my field of interest – Cultural History of Victorian Women, with Emphasis on Technology, Fashion and Ingenuity – for it deposited in my lap a treasure the layperson could not begin to fathom.
I will spend the coming months chronicling the items contained within: letters, telegrams, small personal items, and sundry other objects too extraordinary to even speculate on at this time. As my work progresses, I will post frequent updates here, with careful transcriptions, photographs, and details of the artifacts, as well as any information I can glean on the origin of the collection as a whole. I hope that these findings will shed light of the amazing times these ladies lived in, and bring their adventures to life for a new generation of women.
ps. I apologize for the use of a pseudonym; however, I find it is the safest choice for me at this time, until the artifacts can be fully accounted for and moved to a secure location.