September 29th, 2009

1890s Houses for the Upper Middle Class

I'm decorating a  very large dollhouse that I've set in 1895, in England in the countryside. They're upper middle class. The father is in imports/exports, and has become more wealthy more recently. I need help figuring out how to decorate the walls. I've tried googling 1890s rooms (for example 1890s bedroom.) and only come up with modern hotels, or examples of beds, not wall dressings and colour combinations. I've got a few books about Victorian Style, but that covers pretty much the whole era and it's really hard to tell what's from when. I've also asked on dollhouse miniatures forums.

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Newgate Gaol in the 1840s

So, in my fic, a character gets sent to Newgate Gaol in London to await his kidnapping trial in late November of 1846. I've been able to find plenty of information about Newgate in the 18th century and post-1870, but not much in between. Here are some of the things that I want to know:

(1) Were the separate and silent systems in use yet? That is, were prisoners confined to individual cells most of the time and not allowed to talk to each other when they were not? If not, were prisoners awaiting trial kept apart from convicted prisoners? Were those convicted for more serious crimes kept apart from those convicted for less serious crimes?

(2) Were prisoners expected to pay a fee upon entry? Were they expected to pay for food?

(3) Were they allowed visitors? If so, would the visitor be able to pass something to the prisoner? Nothing dangerous, you understand, just money or linen.

(4) How crowded would it have been?

ETA: Thanks so much, you guys! This will get my poor abandoned fic back on its feet, I hope.
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French translation needed

Setting: Late 1860s, New Orleans, French Quarter
Research: Not sure how to research a translation other than to hope to find someone who speaks the language.

Looking for a translation in French for the word 'crossroads' - preferably a dialect that would be appropriate to the setting, but barring that, I'd be grateful for even a meaningful and accurate translation into standard French. Looking for something that carries both the meanings the phrase does in English, ie both a physical meeting of roads and a turning point in someone's life.

Alternately: If there is anyone out there who is proficient in Louisiana Creole, that would also work, but I'm aware that's a bit of a long shot.

Thank you in advance; I've only just found this comm and it looks like a wonderful resource.

Slavery Quote

I'm looking for an old Greek (?) quote saying roughly that slavery will always exist as long as we need people to do the scut-work. Problem is, I can't remember it well enough to even Google it! ::red-faced:: Googled "slave", "labor", "drudgery", "machine", "Aristotle", "Plato", and "Socrates" in various combinations, no joy.

Edited to add the context in which I'll be using this: a two-thousand year old vampire who's now expected to do his own laundry is going to quote this, adding something to the effect that now that machines can do laundry, there aren't slaves to do it anymore.

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