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Victorian Times Quarterly #4
April-June 2015
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Victorian Times Quarterly
Victorian Times Quarterly #4 brings you the complete contents of Victorian Times for April, May and June 2015 in a beautiful print edition.

  • Brother Jonathan's Womankind (CFM, 1885)
    A bit of the country mouse and the city mouse here: The author looks at an American farm woman and a "New York butterfly," both from the British perspective.
  • Chronicles of an Anglo-Californian Ranch, Parts 5-7 (GOP, 1899)
    Another British family sallies forth into the New World to seek its fortune, this time in southern California, not far from the "busy and enterprising town of Los Angeles." Hard work, they find!
  • An Englishman on Americanisms (CFM, 1887)
    "It is impossible to take up an American newspaper without reading of certain persons who are designated by such terms as scallawags, kickers, bolters, mud-slingers, cranks, dudes, bulldozers, dead-heads, loafers, roustabouts, mugwumps, etc."
  • "Flatting" in America (CFM, 1887)
    British ladies find living in an American "flat" to be quite an unusual experience!

  • An Educated Monkey (The Strand, 1897)
    An orangutan who became a San Francisco sensation!
  • Jack: My Fox Terrier (GOP, 1894)
    A charming story of a delightful dog.
  • Our Friend the Fox-Terrier (CFM, 1893)
    The exploits of yet another delightful fox terrier named Jack. (Were they all named Jack?)
  • Timma (GOP, 1901)
    A tale of an artist's cat.

  • A Book-Emblem Supper (GOP, 1900)
    How to prepare a feast based on literary themes.
  • New Dried Fruits (GOP, 1899)
    In 1899, dried apricots, apples, plums, etc. were "very modern and recent gifts to a grateful world" -- and this article explains how to cook with them.
  • Some Foreign Sauces (GOP, 1901)
    Delicious continental recipes for Orange Sauce, Mustard Sauce, Italian Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Olive Sauce, Vinaigrettes and more!
  • Soups (GOP, 1898)
    Tomato, Green Pea and Scotch Broth are familiar, but "Tapioca Soup" definitely sounds intriguing!
  • Twelve Summer Beverages (GOP, 1896)
    Cool down with a lemonade, mint julep, sherry cobbler, or champagne cup.
  • Recipes for April (GOP, 1896)
    Soups and salads are en vogue in this selection. Soups include watercress, tomato, sorrel, and cucumber; salads include carrot, watermelon, corn, dandelion, potato, and sardine. There's also an interesting recipe for stuffed cucumbers!
  • Recipes for May (GOP, 1896)
    While this collection offers some delicious-sounding main courses, it's the desserts that carry the day: Rice Shape, Bread-and-Butter Pudding, Raspberry Cream Tart, and Green Gooseberry Jam!

  • Centre-Piece Embroidery (GOP, 1901)
    A design for a beautiful embroidered table centerpiece.
  • Crewel Embroidery for Dresses (GOP, 1881)
    Tips on using crewel embroidery to embellish garments.
  • How to Embroider in Crewels, Parts 2 and 3 (GOP, 1880)
    More beautiful patterns for this classic form of embroidery.

  • Girls as Visitors (GOP, 1900)
    On the social niceties of being a thoughtful (and therefore welcome) guest.

    Fashion & Costume
  • Hats and Bonnets of the Nineteenth Century (GOP, 1880)
    "The extraordinary freaks of fashion in olden times scarcely exceed the absurdities into which we have been ledsince the first development of a bonnet out of the hat..."
  • Hints on an Inexpensive Trousseau (GOP, 1891)
    How to prepare your entire wardrobe for married life, with a complete list of what each item will cost! The article is followed with a commentary from a reader who has more cost estimates to suggest.

    Folklore & History
  • A Boston Schoolgirl in 1771 (Atlantic Monthly, 1893)
    Charming excerpts from the diary of 12-year-old Anna Green Winslow. (Anna thinks quite a lot of nice clothes!)
  • Mistaken Identity (CFM, 1885)
    Of convictions, deceptions and more involving mistaken identities, look-alikes and imposters.
  • A Relic of the Good Old Times (GOP, 1895)
    Some medicinal suggestions from a "recipe" book of the early 1700's - do not try these at home!

    Holidays & Seasonal
  • Easter Eggs (The Strand, 1897)
    A look at some novel Victorian Easter Eggs, including the world's largest Easter Egg, dressy eggs and international eggs.
  • Easter Eggs (GOP, 1887)
    Tips on dyeing and painting Victorian Easter eggs.
  • May Queens (The Strand, 1892)
    May Queens, May-Poles and other May-Day customs of "Old Cheshire."
  • Country Customs for April: Angling (ILA, 1849)
    A look at April Fool's Day (yes, it was practiced back in 1849), and the beginning of the fishing season.
  • Country Customs for May: May-Day Games (ILA, 1849)
    May-poles, woodland banquets, royal masquerades (including a king who liked to dress up like Robin Hood), and tips on the best fishing of the season.
  • Country Customs for June: Whitsuntide Processions (ILA, 1849)
    The author considered this "our greatest English holiday," a time when every village had its clubs that put on processions and, sometimes, musical performances.

  • Domestic Changes in the Last 50 Years (GOP, 1887)
    A look at some time-saving and labor-saving devices, such as the sewing machine...
  • Table Decorations (GOP, 1887)
    Ideas for beautiful floral centerpieces and highlights for the table.

    Life & Lifestyle
  • How I Got My Telephone for Nothing: An Experience (CFM, 1885)
    The novelty here is what was considered a new and novel idea in 1885!
  • Maxims for Parents (Chatterbox, 1889)
    These parenting tips are as wise today as they were more than 100 years ago.
  • My School Days, by E. Nesbit (Parts 4-6) (GOP, 1897)
    Get up close and personal with famous children's author E. Nesbit as she recalls her own childhood in this charming 12-part serial!
  • Railway Travel in Comfort and Safety (CFM, 1885)
    Don't let the jolting of the rails concuss, stupefy and stultify your brain!
  • Social Lectures: On Swells (CFM, 1874)
    Whether you prefer to call them swells, bloods or dandies, this tongue-in-cheek article explains how to become one if you aren't "born" one.

  • The Queen's Tobacco-Pipe (CFM, 1874)
    The joke of the day was that the Queen smoked by proxy: Her "tobacco pipe" was the customs furnace used to destroy contraband goods. Find out what oddities were consigned to the flames!

  • Odds and Ends (Monthly) (GOP, 1895-96)
    A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.

    Recreation & Travel
  • How I Learned to Bicycle (GOP, 1896)
    It's hard to imagine that, at one time, women were told that it was unsafe, unhealthy and unnatural to ride bikes. (Fortunately, they did not listen...)

    Working Life
  • An Essay Competition for Professional Girls (GOP, 1897)
    Professional women (including a nurse, a collector of folklore, a professional musician and a writer) describe their work and working lives in this Victorian essay competition.

    World Travel & Cultures
  • The Postmen of the World (2 parts) (CFM, 1885)
    The first part looks India's Camel Express Messengers; China's mail-packets; Hindustan's tappal runners; the pony express; and other mail delivery systems throughout the world. The second part looks at the history and evolution of the British postal system.

    Special Fiction Bonus!
  • The Thames Valley Catastrophe, by Grant Allen (The Strand, 1897)
    A lava eruption changes Britain forever in this 19th-century science fiction treat! Special Fiction Bonus, only in the Quarterly!

    Redbreast's Ride
    Memorial Day
    A Difference of Opinion (two views of "My Poodle Dog")
    In the Gloaming
    The Month of ...
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