Time Travel

Alexandria Alexis: A Victorian Time Traveler?

On September 10, 2013, The Victorian Academy of Magick posted this shocking update on their Facebook page, alongside the following image:

An alleged image of Alexandria Alexis, though the image reads Rawlinson

“Time travel will be invented in the year 2025. How do we know? Because that is the year that this delightful lady claimed to have traveled from. In the year 1898, according the contemporary reports, Alexandria Alexis appeared ‘as if from nowhere’ and took New York society by storm. Some fawned over her while others claimed she was insane. This debate was however rendered moot when, on New Year’s Eve 1899, she simply disappeared…”

The story swept through the Internet, as all such stories do. Was she really a time traveler? A woman who voyaged through time and space, only to become a Victorian Broadway singer?

Well, no, not as such. It turns out that the Victorian Academy of Magick was a page created as promotion for upcoming novels by Victorian Vampire Press, and that the woman pictured is actress Grace Rawlinson, who performed in the United States from 1870 to 1873.

A disappointing conclusion to an intriguing urban legend.

Oh, but what if she were a real time traveler, and Grace Rawlinson was just a front she used after realizing she’d never return to her own time again?

In point of fact, the true story was relayed to me by an ephemeral munchkin one night after I fell asleep reading Frank L. Baum’s Ozma of Oz. Perhaps I’ll share it some day…


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. I’m sure anyone competent enough to be a time travel or to invent time travel would follow something like The Prime Directive. Or so we would assume. Which raises an interesting thought – we always think time travelers would come from the future and would be far advanced and have technology and rules and stuff – It would be rather amusing if say Nikola Tesla suddenly materializes in 2014 after having ripped a hole in time with a Tesla Coil in 1899. Both us and him would have no idea wtf is going on.

    1. Or use common sense, in the Victorian age she could have been locked up in a insane asylum She would have been trapped there for the rest of her life.

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  3. This time travel stuff is fun to think about once in a while but ultimately sprains my brain. I have read that according to no less an authority than Albert Einstein that time travel is, at least theory, possible. If I could do it, I would choose to visit the past rather than the future. At least you’d have some idea of what to expect, how to act, etc. The future, especially the far future, would be too risky. I’d like to check out the 1880’s.

    1. I’d be interested in visiting now. But, if y’all think the court of public opinion is bad now. Back in the 1880’s it was much worse.