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Beautifully illustrated family history books with a difference by a frequent contributor to the UK family history press. I write for Family Tree Magazine UK; Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical and Bookazine; Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. The publishers of my family history books are Pen and Sword Books and The History Press. I tweet (and retweet) thought-provoking content designed to help you tweak your approach to (your family) history at @RuthaSymes . Do follow me.

Monday, 12 December 2016

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Daily Ideas from Your Ancestors For Christmas - 18 - Consider The Effects of Gaslight!

Various Chaste Shades of Grey!

‘Christmas Decoration should be prepared with a view to being effective by gaslight. Hence, elaborate colouring is less needful than broad and bold effects. Half-tints, as  a rule, are quite washy by gaslight, though some neutrals, such as lilac, dove-colour, and fawn, are valuable, as they afford by gaslight various chaste shades of grey, and are more pleasing than white. These colours will generally be preferable to red, or any of the primary colours, for ribbons to tie garlands, and in artificial flares to brighten the effects of the stronger colours. The two predominating colours in Christmas Decorations should be red and green. Any and every shade of the two colours can be used to advantage, but depth and richness are needed to be consistent with the season.’  
                                               Birmingham Daily Post 27th December 1866

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