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Victorian Times Quarterly #2
October-December 2014
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Victorian Times Quarterly
Victorian Times Quarterly #2 brings you the complete contents of Victorian Times for October, November and December 2014 in a beautiful print edition.

  • Cars and Stages in America (Leisure Hour, 1860)
    A British traveler looks at modes of transporation in the US, including omnibuses, tramway "cars," railways, sleighs or sledges, and riverboats. There is also an interesting observation on "insulting" treatment of blacks on all forms of public conveyance in America.

  • Bits About Animals (GOP, 1881)
    A keen-scented dog; Grey Polly the parrot.
  • Chance Glimpses of Nature (GOP, 1895)
    Eliza Brightwen's observations of the wild creatures in her neighborhood - including a rat diligently robbing the squirrels of their store of nuts, much to their dismay!
  • Concerning Cats (GOP, 1895)
    A look at some of the folklore surrounding our beloved puss.
  • Jack the Railway Dog (GOP, 1882)
    Jack, a fox terrier, liked nothing better than to ride the rails (unless it was hanging about train stations, where he was likely to get a "biscuit"). He was so well known that he had a lifetime "free pass" on the Brighton-South Coast line.
  • Mungo: A Study (GOP, 1895)
    Eliza Brightwen's mongoose, Mungo, is, like Kipling's famous character, "eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity"!

  • Creams (GOP, 1882)
    A mouthwatering selection of recipes for creams, custards, and gelatines.
  • Recipes for October (GOP, 1896)
    Potatoes take center stage this month, with Potatoes Souffle, Potato Sautees, Fried Potatoes, Stuffed Potatoes, and even a Potato Pudding and a Potato Tea-Cake!
  • Recipes for November (GOP, 1896)
    This month offers us Savoury Sandwiches, Italian Meat Cakes, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Macaroni and Tomatoes, Beef and Kidney, and more.
  • Sauces, and How to Make Them (GOP, 1898)
    Including Shrimp Sauce, Lobster Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Lemon Sauce and many others!
  • Sentimental Cookery (CFM, 1888)
    Cakes suitable for a variety of holidays, including pan-cakes - for which in some areas there was a tradition of going from door to door to collect the ingredients.
  • Some Novel Ways of Dressing the Potato (GOP, 1891)
    Still more potato recipes, including Potato Fritters, Potato Cake, and Potatoes Glace.

  • Outline Embroidery (GOP, 1880)
    Elegant embroidery patterns that would be just as charming in your home today as they were over 100 years ago.
  • Tile Painting and Designing (GOP, 1881)
    Artist Fred Miller's exquisite designs could be applied to many projects, including embroidery.

  • Etiquette for All Classes (GOP, 1882)
    Etiquette "denotes the whole collection of laws by which, in all countries... 'polite society' is inexorably governed... certain rules which may appear very trifling are the natural offspring of the highest and noblest feelings."
  • Visitors (GOP, 1891)
    In Victorian times a "visit" often meant a stay of several days or even weeks - and this article is a guide to the etiquette of effective hosting.

    Fashion & Costume
  • Fashionable Costumes of Long Ago (GOP, 1880)
    A beautifully illustrated look at lady's fashions from the Middle Ages to the Victorian Age.
  • The Garb of Our Grandmothers (GOP, 1895)
    Just as we enjoy looking back at Victorian fashions, Victorians enjoyed looking back at the "odd" fashions of their own ancestors!

    Folklore & History
  • Flowers in History, Parts 4-6 (GOP, 1889)
    More folklore and legend about our favorite flowers, from lilies to violets.
  • Ghosts (The Strand, 1891)
    Spooky tales of the Demon Huntsman, the White Lady of Berlin, the Miser of Rosewarne, the Spectre Bridegroom, and several others.

  • Nature's Simple Remedies (GOP, 1894)
    Some interesting holistic remedies involving herbs, fruits and vegetables -- many of which are probably still being applied today.

    Holidays & Seasonal
  • Chats on the Calendar (GOP, 1883)
    Quick, what garden vegetable is the focus of ancient Halloween traditions? You guessed it - the cabbage! (If that wasn't what you guessed, be sure to read this article on October folklore!)
  • New Year's Eve (GOP, 1902)
    As this article reveals, many winter traditions are shared between Christmas and New Year's, including the essential task of wassailing the apple trees!

    Holidays - Christmas
  • Christmas Crackers (The Strand, 1891)
    Step into a British store at Christmas time today, and you'll see row upon row of "crackers" - not the kind you eat, the kind you pull to get a bit of a pop and a gift. These were just as popular in Victorian days, and this article explains how they were made - eight to nine million per year for Britain alone, with more distributed to overseas colonies.
  • Christmas in the Olden Time (Peterson's Magazine, 1879)
    A look at the history of Christmas customs from ancient days.
  • An Old Christmas Carol (GOP, 1880)
    You'll surely recognize this one...
  • Christmas Dinner Menus (Demorest, 1880)
    Bills of fare for everything from the "plain Christmas dinner" (ham, roast goose, apple sauce, cabbage, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cheese, apples, nuts, coffee) to a three-course dinner for ten persons (too long to reprint here!)
  • Puddings and Pies for Christmas (Demorest, 1880)
    Who knew there were so many ways to prepare plum pudding? This collection also offers Mocha Pudding, Pumpkin Pie, Dartmouth Pudding, Mince-meat, and many other recipes that sound unbearably tempting!
  • Carols and Carol-Singers (The Home Magazine, 1898)
    A brief history of caroling.
  • Our Christmas Decorations (GOP, 1884)
    If you're thinking of decking the halls in true Victorian style, this article will get you started. Only... please don't use ground-up glass bottles for glitter! (An alternative was Epsom salts!)
  • A Vision of St. Nicholas (The Strand, 1891)
    This illustrated version of Clement Moore's famous poem inexplicably depicts a young woman as the narrator!
  • Christmas at Court (GOP, 1883)
    A look at how Queen Victoria celebrated Christmas. Interestingly, though Victoria wrote of having enjoyed Christmas trees as a child, she and Prince Albert actually observed this tradition on New Year's Eve!
  • Christmas Customs Here and Elsewhere (GOP, 1895)
    Customs "elsewhere" include the feast of onions, the dragging of the bachelors, the Polish "Christmas-guest," and the hunting of the wren.
  • Christmas Fare for Rich and Poor (GOP, 1896)
    A delectable round-up of Christmas puddings, cakes, pies, and main courses.
  • Christmas Presents in Art Needlework (GOP, 1892)
    Looking for the perfect gift? These craft projects may give you some ideas!
  • Christmas Sweet Dishes (GOP, 1892)
    More tempting treats, including Currant Buns, Dundee Cake, Shortbread, Meringues, Creams, Biscottines, Fruit Compotes, and more.
  • Fiction: Christmas in the Forest (The Strand, 1897)
    A charming short story for children, from the German, about two woodcutters' children who encounter some helpful gnomes.

    Life & Lifestyle
  • Advertising Swindles (GOP, 1887)
    Apparently bogus "earn money by working at home" offers are nothing new!
  • Fireside Life (Illustrated London Almanack, 1855)
    A glimpse of English country home life.

  • Old Stone Signs of London (The Strand, 1891)
    In the 17th century, houses, inns and pubs were often identified by stone signs set into their walls.
  • A Wet Day in London (CFM, 1888)
    A soggy day in London town... and the people one meets on the omnibus!

  • Facts of Interest (Great Thoughts, 1888)
    Some interesting trivia.
  • Odds and Ends (Monthly) (GOP, 1895)
    A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.

    Recreation & Travel
  • Healthy Recreations: Skating (GOP, 1880)
    How to skate, tend your skates - and skate safely in Victorian dress!

    Science & Technology
  • Eccentric Ideas (The Strand, 1895)
    Odd inventions are nothing new; these Victorian inventors suggested such novelties as a hat that would repel falling bricks; another that would expand into a sort of umbrella; and moats to deter burglars from entering city homes and shops.

    Working Life
  • The Duties of Servants (GOP, 1881)
    Part 1 offers a detailed explanation of the tasks expected of each type of servant in a household, as well as an overview of the wages to be paid to different types of servants. Part 2 examines the responsibilities of the mistress toward her servants as well as the tasks of the servants themselves.

    Picture Features & Cartoons
  • Cat and Dog Life (Chatterbox, 1904)

    A Woman's Plea
    Do What You Can
    The Frost Spirit (Whittier)
    Christmas Day on Dartmoor
    A Winter Picture
    Them Old Cheery Words (James Whitcomb Riley)
    The Month of ...

    Plus... 2014 Article Index
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    CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
    AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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