December 7th, 2009

Brighid

Symptoms of Victorian hysteria

I've been doing some searching for "symptoms of hysteria," "Victorian hysteria in women," and the like, and while I've seen multiple mentions of a list containing "75 pages of possible symptoms," I have yet to find any list of significant length that describes these symptoms. All I'm finding is the Wikipedia article and the articles that were copypasted to make the Wikipedia article. Help me out?

I want specifically symptoms as described in the Victorian (pre-Freud or co-current with his work) era, not the modern hysteria that a few rather sketchy self-diagnosis websites describe.
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  • kitryan

Sheriff uniforms, 40s and 50s

Trying to find out if a small- 2 to 6 person sheriff's department in a small town in Washington state in the late 40s or early 50s would always wear an official uniform. I'd like to have them wear regular clothes and have it not be too weird.
Searched Combination of: Sheriff, uniform, 40s, 50s, small town
What I found so far:
In uniform in CA, in 40s, 50s
http://www.badgehistory.com/old_photo_1.html
indicates that in the 20s and 30s, when the dept. was smaller, they didn’t really wear uniforms, also, in the group pics with uniforms, there are some not in uniforms- possibly the guys in charge?
http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/sheriff/History.html
In uniform in the 50s
http://www.siskiyouhistory.org/1950_image12.html
(I couldn't tell from the posting rules if I should tag this or if that would be confusing)
(it's also my 1st post, so please let me know if I've done anything wrong/less than optimally)

Thank you!

Slightly rude words in the 1940s?

time: early 1940s, place: Somewhere in Europe (near the western front), though the person in question grew up in the US and went to college in England. The same character that 4 of my last 5 posts have been about (she's eating my brain!)
Not really sure how to search this, though I took a vague stab at "slang terms (1940s OR ww2 OR "world war 2")--can't tell levels of rudeness very well, however, and there wasn't much on relatively generic nasty names.

Our Heroine is from a wealthy family (and fairly proper/correct/prim), but she's a bastard (in the literal sense, basically no one but her mother knew who her father even was). So I don't think she'd use that as a pejorative term (if, for example, she ever meets her absentee father and wants to call him something rude)--it would be too sensitive of a subject for her.

But I have no idea what other words a relatively gently reared 25-year-old would *use* in the early '40s to indicate that someone was worthless/bad/morally corrupt/etc, or otherwise indicate extreme displeasure. Having her call someone a f***-head or a**hole or whatever just doesn't feel right at all--I don't think someone of her class and upbringing would speak like that.

(She's a surgeon, and also knows French and Latin, if that suggests anything in particular to anyone)