Tames Alan is known for her in-depth research and lively presentational style.

She kindles a thirst for history while entertaining the audiences with her knowledge and humor."


Pierce & King County Libraries

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During World War One, women still had to wear corsets.  After all, you need to support the bust, especially when doing hard manual labor, but you can’t be so restricted that you can’t move.  Most of the VADs and nurses adopted a reform corset, which had boning along the seams and cording to help stiffen it.  They buttoned up the front to make them easier to get in and out of and had adjustable straps.  Most women could do the final tighten by pulling the back lacings themselves.  But remember these women did not live alone--even at the Front they were sharing a tent, so they could help each other out.

Tames’ head is full of random historical facts from her research, and this is where she shares them. New facts are added bi-monthly, so check back regularly to see what Tames has dug up.

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Get a little taste of history!              


Every month, Tames posts a new, authentic historical recipe. 


This month's recipe is:

1914 Pecan Pie

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