June 16th, 2013

Russian cities and trains in 1890s

(Have googled: Russian railways / trains 1890, Russian railways / trains schedules 1890s, Russian railway carriages, and I've got a copy of Bradshaw's Guide to the Continent 1913. Plus St Petersburg, bridge, cross, coachman etc.)

I have some questions for a short novel I'm writing. The time is early April 1896 (it is around Easter). The story starts in St Petersburg, but soon moves from there. Bradshaw's Guide from 1913 is of great help, but 1896-1913 was a period of great development for Russia so I don't want to take it for granted.

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The Lady of Shalott

Men's hairstyles in 1842 (Victorian era): ponytail

I'm trying to write a novel set in Victorian England, precisely in 1842.

A character of mine is a 30-year-old aristocratic man who has long blond straight hair and always wears it in a ponytail.
I know it seems a silly question, but it's important to me, for the shaping of this character. I've searched for information about this hairstyle on google and wikipedia, because I seemed to recall that ponytails were worn only by men in the army, but I couldn't find much. I only found that it was a mandatory hairstyle for men in European armies during the 18th century, until the early 19th century.

Do you know if (upper class) civilians could ever wear that hairstyle during the Victorian Age? Or (upper class) soldiers/officers?

I've got this character's appearance and status (he's noble, he's 30 years old and married) in mind, but I need to know if he has to be an officer in the British Army or if he can simply be a civilian (which would be easier for me) or if he cannot wear that hairstyle at all.

I would really appreciate any help. Thank you!