In the days before Twitter and Facebook, how did you find out your friends’ hobbies, thoughts or secret loves? You could ask them, and in the 19th Century “The Victorians” did just that by inventing a fun way to share.
Very popular during the 1870s and 1880s, a Victorian Confessions Album asked a person to share a little bit about themselves, and maybe something secret! This was the 19th century version of social media.
The favorite pastime of the Victorians was stories told in books and word play in games. A Victorian Confessions Album combined this passion for words with their love for family and friends.
Many families kept an album, using it like a guest book, inviting visitors to leave a memento of their visit in the book. Each person was asked to complete a list of questions about themselves, from a question like “who is your favorite author?” to the more challenging like “what is your idea of misery?”
Updated for today, Confessions of My Friends is a 21st century confessions album, with new questions for 50 friends. Collect all your friends at once, or carefully select the right ones over time.
Just like in the 19th century, it is a book for all ages and events. Use it as a guest book, at school lunches with your friends or for special events like hen’s nights and baby showers.
Confessions of My Friends is now available as a print book.