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Late Victorian Fashion on Parade!

Miss Janet, Miss Roxann, Sir Harry of Essex

The evening of July 18, 2009 found a merry troupe from Somewhere in Time, Unlimited (SITU) in a parade representing the Historical Society of Snohomish in the small Victorian town located here in Washington State.

Members who didn’t have to be at work or other responsibility and enjoy participating parades, decended upon the small town, despite the heat of the day.  We were wearing large hats, long dresses and in the gentlemen’s case, “cut-aways” and day hats.  Most of the ladies had chosen to wear “summer attire”, tho there were a few who opted more for elegant Edwardian fashions in vivid tones.

Lady Victoria & Mr. Wills

Along for the stroll was the perky and quite 5-lb fierce, “Mr. Wills” – a.k.a. “Willy-Willy” – named after the famous German authority figure, Kaiser Wilhelm.  He is so fond of going for a ride in cars, it seemed quite natural to invite him along this evening for our stroll thru town.  All went well and was peaceful in the staging area for the parade, that is, until the mounted horses came past us.  Then Mr. Wills had that panic of,  “Pick me up, pick me up!”  We all had a hearty chuckle at poor Mr. Willy’s expense.

The parade route is relatively short.  The president of the historical society in town chose to ride a tandem bicycle with his lovely wife.  I’m sure many in town enjoyed their meandering thru the walkers and the joyful “beep beep!” coming from their horn.  After the parade, we gathered at a local eatery for a quick bite to eat before heading back to Seattle.

The town of Snohomish is on the historical registry and contains a number of incredible Victorian examples of fine architecture.  If you’ve never visited, it’s worth the short drive north of Seattle.  There are lots of antique treasures to be found in the local stores for adding “bits” onto your home’s structure, or for adding decorative items within your four walls.

If you’d like to see more photos of the participants and a short video from the parade, feel free to visit the SITU site!

If you’d like to come along with us this autumn and participate in the parade, please let us know.  We’d love to have you along for the fun!!!  Contact:  LadyVictoria “at”


Lady Victoria and husband Sir Harry of Essex (London), reside these days in picturesque Seattle, Washington USA. They interact with a number of vintage or antique groups, including the historical costuming group Somewhere in Time, Unlimited. Come, enjoy an afternoon with Lady V and Sir Harry!

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