1. Why do you list “date unknown” as part of an image’s caption when it’s clearly from the 1920s, 1930s, etc.?
Unless the image’s source lists an exact year (e.g., 1925), or if I’m able to locate the exact year through other means, I will always write “date unknown” in the caption. I am very picky and particular with dates and I only prefer to list the exact year rather than the general decade it is from. I’m sure we can all determine the decade just by looking at the image itself.
2. The images that you post are so beautiful! Where and how do you find them?
The images that I post come from a vast array of sources, from Google, to individual historical archive websites. I usually spend at least 1-2 hours, sometimes more, per day looking for new images to post. I suggest setting aside this amount of time and allowing yourself to “archive dig” through the internet, especially in places that you wouldn’t normally seek out. You can and will be able to find some extraordinary gems just by doing this.
3. What is the policy regarding re-blogging your posts?
I personally do not like when the captions are altered in any way when my posts are re-blogged. However, as long as the post either links back to Historiful, or lists Historiful as the source, then it’s alright.To access the permalink to re-blog my posts, you can simply click on the date of the post.
4. Why did you disable anonymous questions?
I do not tolerate picking arguments with others. Since this has been breached recently, I removed the option. I treat my followers with respect and expect to be treated equally in return.
5. How old are you?
I’m twenty-three years old.
6. What are your specific research interests?
I specialize in two major areas: US interwar gender relations and sexuality, 1918-41, and US postwar marriage and sexuality, 1945-65. I’m mainly interested in understanding how American popular culture figures, e.g. sexologists, interpreted, defined, and constructed gender ideologies, that is, “true” manhood and womanhood, and how such definitions related to the nation’s larger sociocultural context.
7. What do you plan to do with a degree in history?
Following earning my MA degree, I wish to begin doctoral studies in women’s and gender history. I plan to ultimately teach as a university professor.
8. You listed the wrong date(s) in a post! Shouldn’t it be _____ instead?
When an error is pointed out, I correct it as soon as possible. I appreciate when a mistake is pointed out to me. However, if I receive five messages in a row about it, I will not be a happy camper.
I have encountered rather rude responses for making mistakes regarding dates, and I do not appreciate this at all. No matter how “perfect” we think we might be, we all make mistakes!
9. Where do you live?
I live in Orange County, California. I’m about an hour’s drive away from both LA and San Diego. It’s wonderful!
10. What are your other interests besides history?
While history is my first and foremost passion, I am also highly interested in the visual and performing arts. I’m a trained classical ballet dancer and I also appreciate photography, design, illustration, and Broadway theatre.
11. May I advertise my website on Historiful?
At the moment, I am not looking for advertisers. Should I purchase a domain for Historiful in the future, I will definitely begin seeking out any willing participants!
12. I’m having difficulty viewing Historiful. What’s wrong?
Historiful is best viewed with Safari or Mozilla Firefox. Followers or visitors using browsers such as Google Chrome will most likely encounter difficulties when viewing posts.
13. May I add you on Facebook?
If I talk to you on a regular basis, I am very likely to ask you to add me on Facebook. For a while, I posted a link to my profile on Historiful, but due to discomfort with not knowing the people who I was adding, I have now restricted access to only other individuals that I have gotten to know fairly well.
14. Will you promote my blog on Historiful?
I do not promote other blogs upon request on Historiful. There are plenty of other blogs that can do that for you.
15. Do you speak any foreign languages? What other languages would you like to learn in the future?
Yes, I do! I am fluent in French. I studied German briefly in the past, but retain only a basic knowledge of it. I have recently considered returning to studying German and pursuing it further to a proficient level.
My other future language endeavors include, but are definitely not limited to: Dutch, Italian, and Latin.