Tag Archives: Victorian-era


Like the girl above, most of the young criminals in this Victorian rogue’s gallery stole out of desperation. Usually food or clothing. The boy above, however, was just a middle-class kid out for a bit of fun. Ask your own kids if they think there’s any difference in their bearing, or that of others on […]


Well-to-do Victorians considered it their Christian duty to improve the lives of the less fortunate, and were receptive to supporting the work of social reformers like Thomas Barnardo, who ministered to orphaned and abandoned children like Hetty and Pip in The Mud Rose. The Dublin-born Barnardo went to London in 1866 with the intention of […]


In The Mud Rose, my young time travellers connect to their Victorian mudlarks through a visit to London’s Ragged School Museum. This museum was once the Barnardo-run Copperfield Ragged School, the largest of the schools supplying free education to the children of the poor. Now, however, it supplies not-so poor modern children with information on […]




Life’s hard if you’re a Victorian street urchin, and crossing the path of Jack the Ripper can make it even harder. Want to know how? Read: On this trip into the past, the Time Rose medallion takes Paige, Dane, and Jack to Victorian London and places them in the company of two street-wise young mudlarks. […]



Through some type of eerie, time-jumping technical cross-up, it appears that Hetty, a Victorian street urchin from my novel The Mud Rose, has come in contact with 1930s era boy named Eddie, who relates his real-life exploits in Marva Dasef’s Tales Of A Texas Boy. Neither Hetty nor Eddie seemed aware that anything too strange […]


Since the second book in my Time Rose series has my young time travellers visiting Victorian times, my next few posts will have connections to the Victorian era. The first is about mudlarks. London’s River Thames is a tidal river. Many objects can be found in the mud left behind when the waters recede each […]


Book Two of my middle grade Time Rose series is set to release this Friday, January 10th, but is available as a pre-order at: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/coming-soon/the-mud-rose-detail. Life’s hard if you’re a Victorian street urchin, and crossing the path of Jack the Ripper can make it even harder. Another journey into the past takes Paige, Dane, and […]


Question: What country did Christmas cards originate in? Answer: England. The first Christmas card appeared there in 1843 when a British civil servant, Sir Henry Cole, and his artist friend, John Horsley, designed one and sold copies of it for a shilling. That’s only 5p in the British money of today, but a rather expensive […]

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