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Victorian Times Quarterly #10
October-December 2016
Back Issues/Upcoming Issues: Victorian Times

Victorian Times Quarterly
Victorian Times Quarterly #10 brings you the complete contents of Victorian Times for October, November and December 2016 in a beautiful print edition.

  • Sights and Scenes of the New World: A Unique Watering Place (CFM, 1884)
    Our series concludes with a visit to New York's Coney Island, "the most popular watering place in the country," with eight railroads running to it, one line of horse tram-cars, and nine lines of steamboats!

  • Animal Courtesies (CFM, 1893)
    Some lovely anecdotes of the "true courtesies" shown by animals to one another, both within and between species.
  • Birds at Yule-Tide (Atlantic Monthly, 1893)
    A close-up and personal look at the birds of winter, both of the day and of the night.

  • Bills of Fare for Thanksgiving Dinner (Demorest, 1880)
    From a dinner for twelve to a "plain sanitary dinner" ("one that almost any person could eat, that can eat a dinner at all, without the least disturbance of mind or body"), with a host of luscious recipes.
  • The Busy Days of October (Ingalls' Family Magazine, 1888)
    Lovely recipes for autumn fruits such as apples and quince, as well as tips on preparing the household for winter.
  • Model Menu for the Month (GOP, 1893)
    What to offer for each month's dinner party.
  • Winter Soups: How to Make Them (CFM, 1880)
    "How often, thanks to the cheritable of all and of no denomination, has some poor shivering wretch been brought back almost from death to life by the timely aid of a basin of soup..."

  • Art Needlework (GOP, 1888)
    Beautiful embroidery patterns that work just as well today as they did more than 100 years ago.
  • Coloured Leaves: How to Print Them (GOP, 1883)
    A charming craft idea that would be just as lovely today.

  • Etiquette of Mourning (Collier's Cyclopedia, 1882)
    When should one wear black for mourning? For how long? How does one observe mourning for different degrees of relationships? This article explains exactly what to wear during one's period of grief.
  • Practical Etiquette: Wedding Anniversaries (Demorest, 1889)
    Tips on hosting a wedding anniversary, as well as how to celebrate paper, wooden, tin, glass, china and silver weddings.

    Folklore & History
  • Royal Ghosts in Hampton Court Palace (CFM, 1894)
    Tales of some of the ghosts in one of the (allegedly) most haunted palaces in England...
  • The Last of the Smugglers: An Interview (CFM, 1895)
    Reminiscences of an old Cornish smuggler, who blames the telegraph for killing "honest trade."

    Holidays & Seasonal
  • Country Lore (Monthly) (ILA, 1846)
    Country lore, customs and feast days for each month.

    Holidays - Christmas
  • Christmas in Old London (Cassell's Magazine, 1900)
    Merriment, mumming, church plays and a "boy bishop" were all part of London's great Christmas traditions!
  • Our Christmas Decorations (CFM, 1885)
    Tips on decorating one's home with mottoes, cut flower arrangements, wreaths, banners and more.
  • Dishes for a Christmas Party (GOP, 1889)
    Recipes for a delicious almond milk mould, rice cream, apple cream, oranges and cream and other luscious desserts.
  • Christmas Poultry and Game, and How to Cook It (GOP, 1892)
    Many suggestions on how to prepare the classic Christmas goose (including boiling rather than baking).
  • How to Set Out a Christmas Tree (CFM, 1886)
    "A Christmas tree may be made into a most effective and pleasure-giving object..." Decorating the table on which the tree might stand can be every bit as involved as decorating the tree itself, which can be dredged with flour to make it appear snow-covered.
  • Christmas Presents and How to Make Them (CFM, 1883)
    Home-made gifts, both useful and decorative, were a staple of the Victorian Christmas - and many of these ideas would still bring joy today.
  • Robin Hood: A Parlor Piece for Evening Parties (Godey's, 1863)
    Performing a short (and sometimes musical) play was a traditional way to entertain family and friends during a holiday visit - and this charming little piece is an excellent example of the art, along with marvelous stage directions for the young ones and their elders.
  • Dinner Serviettes/Christmas Cooking (Godey's, 1873)
    This piece begins by showing you how to fold a napkin into the shape of a swan (I must try this!), and follows it with mouth-watering recipes for a Christmas supper, including roast goose and Christmas cakes.

    Life & Lifestyle
  • A Lady's Experience in the "Intermediate" (CFM, 1889)
    On voyaging to Canada in "intermediate" class - and how to prepare for the experience.

  • A Day in a Doll's Hospital (The Strand, 1895)
    Dr. M. Marsh, M.D. ("Mender of Dolls") operated a "doll hospital" in London's Fulham Road - restoring many a beloved companion from the ravages of dogs, brothers, and other accidents.
  • In Leadenhall Market (The Strand, 1892)
    If you wanted to buy an animal or a bird (alive or dead), this was the spot in London to find it - from a man with pockets full of puppies to butchers with rows of plucked turkeys and geese for the table.

  • Odds and Ends (Monthly) (GOP, 1896-97)
    A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.

    Objects & Curiosities
  • A Gossip on Rings and Wedding Rings (CFM, 1891)
    A look at rings, inscriptions, and ring-lore from antiquity onwards.
  • Smuggler's Devices (The Strand, 1891)
    From banknotes hidden in pencils to tobacco baked in bread, smugglers have found dozens of devious ways to outwit customs officials!

    Oddities & Eccentricities
  • Remarkable Accidents (The Strand, 1895)
    The case of the flying boiler; the water pot that started a fire; the ghostly gravedigger; the man who shot himself whilst sleeping; and other quirks of fate.

    Working Life
  • Observations from the End of One (CFM, 1875)
    "One" is the number of the author's table in a particular dining-room, and his observations are on the often-difficult life of the Victorian waiter.

    Picture Features & Cartoons
  • Cloaks and Overcoats of All Times (The Strand, 1893)
    Pictorial feature of historic fashions in outerwear.
  • Clocks of All Times (The Strand, 1893)
    Pictorial feature of clocks throughout antiquity, including some rather odd contrivances!

  • Carter's Incandescent Cats (CFM, 1895)
    An inventor realizes that cats would surely be the ideal source of electricity!
  • The Discourager of Hesitancy (Century Magazine, 1885)
    If you've ever read the classic story, "The Lady, or the Tiger?" you'll understand the host of letters the author received demanding to know the "answer." (If you haven't read it, I suggest hastening to do so.) In response, the author wrote this frustrating followup!

    Autumn Song
    Paper Ships
    At Harvest
    The Turkey with the Toothache
    A Thanksgiving Song
    Father Christmas
    King Winter
    The First Snowfall
    Sweet Christmas Bells (music)
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