A Victorian Lady’s Album
Kate Shannon's Halifax and Boston Diary of 1892
by Kate Shannon
edited by Della Stanley
This book combines the visual riches of the Victorian era with the intimate story of an appealing and surprisingly frank young woman
Kate Shannon was the 18-year-old daughter of a judge, living in the prosperous port city of Halifax. She describes her daily life and confides her private thoughts in the diary she kept for the year 1892. Winter skating, parties, at homes, theatre and concerts, long walks in the park, picnics, Halloween, family gatherings, Christmas festivities -- Kate records the events of her life. The highlight f her year is a long summertime visit to Boston. She also writes frankly and sensitively about her feelings and her relationships with friends and family.
In this book the full text of Kate's diary is accompanied by a wide collection of visual material. Hand-tinted postcards, paintings, drawings, newspaper ads, book covers and illustrations complement Kate's picture of Victorian life. These visuals have all been chosen from Kate's world, and include sketches she drew in her diary. Tragically, at the age of 22 Kate died of consumption. Her family treasured her diary, and it was later placed with the family's papers in the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, where its editor, Delia Stanley, found it.