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Victorian Times Quarterly #16
April-June 2018
Back Issues/Upcoming Issues: Victorian Times

Victorian Times Quarterly
Victorian Times Quarterly #16 brings you the complete contents of Victorian Times for April, May and June 2018 in a beautiful print edition. [NOTE: Articles listed for forthcoming issues are subject to change.]

  • Aunt Mehitabel's Winter in Washington (Parts 3-6) (Godey's, 1873)
    This wonderful eight-part series of "letters" written by "Aunt Mehitabel" to her loved ones back in Virginia provide a wonderful look at Washington (DC) life and society in 1873. The Washington monument has not yet been built, and in one letter "Aunt Mehitabel" urges women across the country to send $1 toward its completion. The series looks at the notable figures of the day, describes fashions and homes in detail, and paints a brilliant picture of life on Capitol Hill.
  • From London to Chicago (The Strand, 1893)
    "From the greatest capital of the Old World to the young giant city of the Western Hemisphere is now, comparatively speaking, only a step." It's a step of some six or seven days by sea and another 24 hours from New York by train, but still, a step... This article describes the journey, and the luxuries of both liner and train, in marvelous detail.
  • Four Friends in a Phaeton (Demorest, 1886)
    Four friends decide to go on a tour of... Nebraska! The results are actually quite delightful!
  • The Cheaper City (CFM, 1895)
    Which city is cheaper to live in, London or New York? People still ask this question today; this article comes down on the side of New York.
  • The Typical New Yorker (CFM, 1886)
    An American looks at the "typical" self-made commercial man that is the 19th century New Yorker.

  • An April Chronicle (Demorest, 1889)
    April is the month the birds begin to return from their winter migrations, and this charming and beautifully illustrated piece looks at spring visitors to the author's garden.
  • Gone to the Dogs (CFM, 1876)
    A visit to London's Home for Lost Dogs, in search of one.

  • Cooking in May (GOP, 1897)
    A selection of recipes for the season.
  • Some Economical Indian Dishes (GOP, 1896)
    This article offers a couple of delicious-sounding chutney recipes.
  • Home-Made Biscuits in Switzerland (GOP, 1900)
    Kummels, Kussens and Kuchli... for our American readers, remember that "biscuit" means "cookie."
  • Making Bread at Home (CFM, 1882)
    For those who imagined that, in Victorian days, everyone made bread at home, guess again... By 1882, home-made bread was "rarely used" in the city!
  • A Page of Puddings (GOP, 1896)
    Some delectable desserts...
  • Pies and Tarts (GOP, 1881)
    Tips on creating pastries both sweet and savoury.
  • Savoury Dishes Without Meat (GOP, 1898)
    Eggs, cheese and macaroni are the elements of choice in these tasty recipes.
  • Wedding Breakfasts (CFM, 1876)
    The author doesn't seem to quite approve of them, but if one must have one, a menu is provided, including extensive instructions on how to prepare the cake.
  • West Indian Products (GOP, 1900)
    A look at some West Indian foods, such as bananas, banana flour, yams, and "coker-nuts" -- and what to do with them.

  • Beautified House-Linen (CFM, 1895)
    Some lovely embroidery patterns for linen embroidery.
  • My Work Basket (GOP, 1880)
    A variety of craft and embroidery projects.
  • Tickwork (GOP, 1893)
    Common bed ticking fabric can lend itself to some elegant embroidery patterns!

  • Good Breeding in Daily Converse (GOP, 1882)
    On the etiquette of gracious speech and conversation.
  • Some Hints on Letter-Writing (GOP, 1894)
    "Letter-writing should form an important branch of education; its power is immense, its solace considerable, and it can form one of the most delightful or one of the most irksome occupations in the world, both to the writer and to the recipient."

    Folklore & History
  • A Garden of Gillyflowers (GOP, 1890)
    On the lore behind the name of this beloved British blossom.
  • Wedding Flowers (CFM, 1883)
    Lore and legend of the bridal wreath and bouquet.

    Holidays & Seasonal
  • Easter Eggs, and How the Girls Made Them (GOP, 1881)
    A look at Easter customs, along with tips on how to decorate Easter eggs in the days before commercial dye kits.

  • Home Management, Month by Month (GOP, 1901)
    Household management tips for the month.

    Life & Lifestyle
  • The Work of the Light-Vessels (CFM, 1881)
    We've all heard of light-houses, but Britain also employed a fleet of "light-vessels" that served the same purpose.
  • A Night on a Lightship (CFM, 1894)
    A closer look at what life was like on board one of England's "floating lighthouses."

  • Gone to the Dogs (CFM, 1876)
    A visit to London's Home for Lost Dogs, in search of one.

  • Notes by an Artist Naturalist (Monthly) (GOP, 1892-94)
    Beautifully illustrated series by artist Fred Miller on the flora, fauna and lore of the season.

    Objects & Curiosities
  • Handcuffs (The Strand, 1894)
    These come in many forms - including the American handcuff, the Mexican handcuff, the French "ligote," and more.
  • Peculiar Furniture (The Strand, 1894)
    Trick chairs, a stool designed to throw off anyone who sits upon it, a whistling table, a suffocating bed, a coffin cradle - these furnishings range from whimsical to downright unpleasant!

    Recreation & Travel
  • How We Made Our Picnic a Success (CFM, 1876)
    The key-word is "planning"!

    Women's Issues
  • A Social Revolution: The Married Women's Property Act, 1882 (CFM, 1883)
    A social revolution indeed, "reversing the ancient principle of the Common Law, through which, upon marriage, the husband and wife became the same person (who, in practice, always turned out to be the husband)" -- and by which a husband acquired full rights to all his wife's property except her lands, including her future earnings and savings.

    Working Life
  • My Daily Round (GOP, 1897)
    A collection of essays from "girls who work with their hands" that won a Girls' Own Paper competition - interesting look at working conditions in the late 19th century!
  • The Modern Servant Girl (CFM, 1894)
    "I do not want to complain of servants in general... it is against the raw, untried, unapprenticed article that I inveigh... They have been of all kinds: quick, slow, active, lazy, pleasant, sulky; but one and all incompetent to do the work they professed to do."

    World Travel & Cultures
  • School-Day Reminiscences (GOP, 1891)
    A look back at life in a girl's school in Toronto, Canada.

  • That Stout German (The Strand, 1894)
    What make the German stout also made for an interesting experience in Customs...

    Picture Features
  • Sketches at a Dog Show (St. Nicholas, 1888)

    Fable III
    Culinary Couplets
    The Bald-Headed Tyrant
    Little Pigley-in-the-Pound
  • Coming in June 2018 on, and

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    Magazine Abbreviations:
    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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