Little-known Facts About Early Victorian Home Decor

Before the invention of carpet tacks, well-to-do English homes would secure their carpet to the stairs by means of specially trained bulldogs. British bulldogs, well known for their stubborn, tenacious nature and resemblance to Winston Churchill, who had not been born yet, were trained from birth to stay in one spot and keep the carpet from coming loose.

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“I say there, Reggie, you’re facing the wrong way, tut, tut, for shame, spot and bother, what.”

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17 thoughts on “Little-known Facts About Early Victorian Home Decor

  1. hilz October 17, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Oh Reggie, you little rebel!

  2. allein 🐾 October 17, 2016 / 9:07 am

    I like Reggie. He’s a rebel.

  3. JenDeyan October 17, 2016 / 9:10 am

    You see. They did things right in the old days. Give me a few good bulldogs over some lousy metal nails anyday!

  4. Ricky's Mom October 17, 2016 / 9:37 am

    So let’s see … from top to bottom we have:

    1. Algernon (Algy)
    2. Archibald (Archie)
    3. Ethelbert (Bertie)
    4. Montmorency (Monty)
    5. Reginald (Reggie)
    and
    6. Jack (Throat-Warbler Mangrove)

    I’ve always wondered who babies looked like before Winston Churchill was born.

    • Gigi the cat lady October 17, 2016 / 10:30 am

      I’ll have the full number 4 please 😜

      • Faye October 18, 2016 / 9:49 am

        I just got that! Hahaha

    • Phred's Mom October 17, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      Where are Nigel and Clive?
      Probably out on the veranda with
      Felicity and Beryl, what?

  5. Duckie 🐥 October 17, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Reggie looks like he’s about to do a bit of spot and bother on their precious carpet!

  6. Carol October 17, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Uh…you got one there bucking the system!

  7. Gigi the cat lady October 17, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    This arrangement is also the reason why Victorian gentlemen stayed at their club instead of trying to sneak home at 4 o’clock in the morning!

  8. Smartypants October 17, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    You can tell, Reggie marches to the sound of his own accordion.

    • allein 🐾 October 17, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      • Faye October 17, 2016 / 6:08 pm

        Yikes! That’s my car!

        • fkaWaldenPond October 17, 2016 / 8:55 pm

          You seriously drive that car, now?! Badass 😀

          • Faye October 17, 2016 / 10:45 pm

            No. Silly. It’s like my luck, there’s a goat on my car.

            • fkaWaldenPond October 18, 2016 / 9:25 am

              Aaaahhh, we cover insurance wise a lot of collectible and antique cars; so we have women clients who drive some pretty cool automobiles. I hope you have a good day Faye!

              • Faye October 18, 2016 / 9:46 am

                Kia Soul. All black. That’s sporty enough for me!

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