A panoply of mutton chops and serious-looking chaps in overcoats fill the screen for Lincoln, Spielberg’s ode to the 16th president of the United States. The film depicts the seminal year of 1865 at the end of the Civil War when Lincoln was trying to obtain votes to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery.
Lincoln via David James, Dreamworks & Twentieth Century Fox
Given the gravitas, perhaps you weren’t focusing on the set design. But the decor — from the gold banker’s scale to the weighty wind-blocking drapery and lanterns (this is a fire-heated White House, remember) — lent verisimilitude to the film.
Go 19th-century in your home with traditional furnishing and accessories that harness the pre-digital era: a secretary desk with letter slots, a table with cabriole legs, wall-to-wall patterned carpet and a hand-bound leather journal filled with florid handwriting — if you still remember how to use a pen.