BP (or Before Pinterest)

Whilst I was sorting photographs after Christmas I found a batch from a visit we made to Hughenden, a National Trust house that was once lived in by Benjamin Disraeli, way back in September. It was a lovely place to visit but on the way round I found a copy of a scrap book made by Mrs Disraeli in which she plans her wardrobe. Clearly the idea that ladies in the public eye have to make a particular effort is not a new one!

Mrs Disraelis scrapbook

Mrs Disraelis scrapbook

Pictures had fabric scraps for reference

Pictures had fabric scraps for reference

Lots of pictures and notes

Lots of pictures and notes

This one please!

This one please!


Because this book was a copy I was able to spend quite some time looking through it. I enjoyed being able to read the notes (presumably copied from an original) which gave an insight on how it must have been to have lived then, and also to have been a person of note. Or at very least a person of notes wife.

I have just joined Pinterest and am intending to make much use of the facility this year. Just imagine how useful it would have been to Mary Anne Disraeli!


11 Comments on “BP (or Before Pinterest)”

  1. prttynpnk says:

    Is it just me? I assume all political wives are busy having deep thoughts and not making look books….hey, i could be a political wife!!!

  2. sewbussted says:

    What a lovely book to have the chance of looking through. What fun!!!

  3. allisonC says:

    How interesting! I’m sure you will enjoy using Pinterest, I’m not big on social media but it’s brilliant.

  4. sewruth says:

    Fascinating…and how little has actually changed between women and their wardrobes!

  5. mrsmole says:

    Back then women did not have jobs outside the home and they could devote many hours to planning the wardrobe. Your clothes reflected your husband’s status and wealth and was on show for all to see. How interesting to have these pages to remind us of a bygone era.Pinterest is addicting….beware!

  6. ejvc says:

    Very interesting – thanks! I love the cloth samples. I wonder who made the clothes?

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