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Invisible Magicians: Domestic Servants in Gilded Age New York

What was life like for a valet, a cook or a scullery maid in the mansions of late 19th century New York? How were houses with large staffs even managed? What were the hardships? And what were the benefits? Join The Gilded Gentleman for a look below stairs! Carl is joined by Esther Crain, author of The Gilded… Read More

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Dancing with the Green Fairy: The Mysteries of Absinthe

New on The Gilded Gentleman Podcast: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about one of the most mysterious alcoholic spirits in the world. Absinthe was one of the most popular and most mysterious drinks that fueled Paris and London’s cafe society and artistic circles in the Belle Epoque and late Victorian and Edwardian worlds.  Artists and writers from Henri… Read More

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Stealing a Smile: The Theft of the Mona Lisa, Paris 1911

The enigmatic smile of the Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, at its longtime home of the Louvre in Paris, has captured the attention of the public for centuries. Few people realize however that on a warm summer morning in Paris in the year 1911, the painting was stolen — and remained missing for over two years.  Press… Read More

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Victory and Apollo: Black Artist Models Hettie Anderson and Thomas McKellar

The tale of two artist’s models named Hettie Anderson and Thomas McKeller — their stories little known until recent years — and the magnificent art they inspired. These muses are the subject of this week’s episode of The Gilded Gentleman podcast. Gazing up at the dramatic gilded statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman being led into battle… Read More

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A Sprig of Witch Hazel: Edith Wharton’s Secret Love Affair

THE GILDED GENTLEMAN PODCAST As writer Edith Wharton began to spend more and more time in Paris during the early years of the 1900s, she made the acquaintance of the American journalist Morton Fullerton. Their meeting grew into a passionate and complicated love affair combining joy and emotional pain. Still, the affair led Wharton to some of… Read More

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Queen of the Gilded Age: The Iron Will and Determined Rise of Alva Vanderbilt

If you’re missing The Gilded Age TV show already, how about taking a look at the life of Alva Vanderbilt (who Carrie Coon’s character Bertha Russell is most certainly based)? She’s the subject of this week’s episode of The Gilded Gentleman podcast. The fight for social dominance and acceptance was a battle fought by many Gilded… Read More

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How to Pluck a Peacock: Delmonico’s Charles Ranhofer and The Epicurean

The New York restaurant Delmonico’s became famous for bringing elegant, luxurious dining and sophisticated French dishes to American tables.  The culinary genius behind these dramatic dishes was Delmonico’s celebrity chef — the Frenchman Charles Ranhofer — who guided their kitchens from 1862 to 1896.  Ranhofer left us with his extraordinary cookbook published at the height of the Gilded Age in the 1890’s, called The Epicurean,… Read More

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How Ward McAllister Helped Engineer Gilded Age High Society

On a new episode of The Gilded Gentleman, meet the man who helped create New York’s Gilded Age high society, a fussy and imperious Southerner who eventually found himself on the receiving end of snobbish scorn. The famous Mrs. Caroline Astor was credited with building and shaping the Gilded Age elite. But at her side and… Read More

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Ladies’ Mile and the Glamour of Gilded Age Shopping

On a new episode of The Gilded Gentleman, it’s time to board the elevated train down to New York City’s premier commercial district to experience a day of luxurious shopping. During the 1870’s and 1880’s New York’s famous Ladies’ Mile shopping district took hold along Broadway, and grand palaces of retail grew, filled with splendors… Read More

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Getting a Bad Rap: Spiritualism in the 19th Century

On a new episode of The Gilded Gentleman, prepare for a very chilling exploration of spiritualism with Carl and a man very attuned to the spirit world. Many people throughout the 19th century were fascinated with the idea of connecting with the beyond. Even the famous ‘Commodore’ Cornelius Vanderbilt was intrigued with the notion. Historian Anthony Bellov joins Carl… Read More

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The Gilded Page: A conversation with author Carol Wallace

Calling all fans of Downton Abbey! The newest episode of The Gilded Gentleman podcast, hosted by Carl Raymond, features a very special guest. New York Times bestselling author Carol Wallace discusses her just published novel of the Gilded Age called Our Kind of People as well insights on her book To Marry an English Lord which served as an inspiration for Downton… Read More

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Meet the real Mrs. Astor: The woman who invented New York’s high society

Spend the holidays with The Gilded Gentleman, the new Bowery Boys spin-off podcast about America’s Gilded Age period, hosted by social and culinary historian Carl Raymond.  Carl released two new episodes this week, looking at two very different aspects of life in New York City in the late 19th century. In The Real Mrs. Astor, Carl… Read More

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Divas, Diamonds and Drama: The Opening of the Metropolitan Opera 1883

The opening of the new Metropolitan Opera at the height of the Gilded Age had perhaps more drama going on in the audience than on the stage. Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast, a new spin-off show from the Bowery Boys podcast, begins his adventure with a fascinating look at one of… Read More

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Introducing The Gilded Gentleman, a new Bowery Boys spin-off podcast

Presenting a new history podcast produced by Tom Meyers and Greg Young from the Bowery Boys: New York City History Podcast. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, The Age of Innocence or Upstairs Downstairs, then we know The Gilded Gentleman podcast will be your cup of tea. You’re cordially invited to join social and culinary historian Carl Raymond for a look behind the… Read More