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Victorian Times Quarterly #17
July-September 2018
Back Issues/Upcoming Issues: Victorian Times

Victorian Times Quarterly
Victorian Times Quarterly #17 brings you the complete contents of Victorian Times for July, August and September 2018 in a beautiful print edition. [NOTE: Articles listed for forthcoming issues are subject to change.]

  • Aunt Mehitabel's Winter in Washington (Parts 7-8) (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.
  • American River Steamers (Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper, 1860)
    A look at America's "floating palaces."
  • Aunt Eve Interviewed (Harpers, 1873)
    Normally I stay away from articles that depict "Negro vernacular," but this interview with a former slave, who believes herself to be around 104 years old, is too fascinating to put aside. Nor would it have been appropriate to write the article in any other way, since the interviewee had no formal education -- but a wealth of experience!
  • Paying an Election Bet (The Strand, 1899)
    The author, having lost his bet, was to ride a donkey from New York to San Francisco, without a dollar in his pocket, earning his keep along the way. One method he used to accomplish the feat was to sell pictures of his journey!

  • Some Animal Thieves (CFM, 1892)
    A look at some exceptional and ingenious thefts perpetrated within the animal kingdom.
  • Study of a Cat-Bird (Atlantic Monthly, 1883)
    Observations of a cat-bird that made itself at home in the author's house!
  • Who Stole the Banknotes? (Little Folks, 1883)
    Some thieves hide money in their mattress; others make a mattress out of money...

  • Fruit Puddings (GOP, 1899)
  • Home-Made Ices (GOP, 1891)
    One could still obtain an ice-cream "freezer" and use these very same recipes today!
  • Ornamental Chocolate Dishes (CFM, 1895)
    I'm inclined to say, if it's chocolate, who cares if it's ornamental? However, in Victorian days, presentation matters - hence in meringues, for example, "the fashion of the moment is for flowers of pink and mauve blended; fawn and mauve are also appreciated..." This has some truly sinful-sounding recipes!
  • Recipes for August (GOP, 1897)
    One can see that times are indeed changing when a list of recipes begins with "Cyclist's sandwiches."
  • Recipes for September (GOP, 1897)
    Recipes for the month.
  • Summer Puddings (GOP, 1891)
    This delicious collection includes chocolate pudding, Devonshire junket, coffee mousse, orange fool, snowballs, and Italian cream, amongst others.
  • Tea-Table Delicacies for the Summer Season (CFM, 1889)
    More tempting recipes, including Blancmange, Biscottines, and Sponge Cake.
  • Summer Beverages (Godey's, 1860)

  • My Doll's Drawing Room, and How I Furnished It (GOP, 1894)
    A wicker chair made from a sailor's hat, a writing desk of matchbooks, and a host of things one can do with cardboard and wire and beads...
  • My Work Basket (GOP, 1880)
    A variety of craft and embroidery projects.
  • Pretty Yet Inexpensive Furniture (GOP, 1902)
    Tips on creating some lovely small pieces for the home with simple tools and supplies.
  • Pyrography, or Poker Work (GOP, 1893)
    Poker work is similar to wood-burning, though it can be done on other surfaces as well.
  • Pyrography Upon Glass: A New Art (CFM, 1893)
    Hot poker etching on glass.

  • Manners: Talks With My Daughter (Demorest, 1873)
    A lovely piece on the value of manners (vs. simply "etiquette").

  • The Doctor's Corner of the Kitchen Garden (CFM, 1878)
    "There is many and many a simple herb, that can very easily be cultivated in any out-of-the-way corner of the kitchen garden... [that are] simply invaluable in many cases of sickness."

    Folklore & History
  • In Search of the Shipwrecked (CFM, 1881)
    An account of the rescue of shipwreck survivors from the Crozets island group.
  • Rings Lost and Found (GOP, 1899)
    Some remarkable tales of rings that have been lost and recovered years later, including the signet ring of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • The Science of Fools (CFM, 1885)
    A short history of heraldry, "the science of fools with long memories."

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

    Life & Lifestyle
  • English Cave-Dwellers of Today (CFM, 1896)
    "How little one knows of one's own country!" In the 1890's, there were still many villages living in caves and cave-dwellings throughout Britain.
  • My Struggles with a Camera (CFM, 1892)
    "Within a few days, I was the proud possessor of the 'Clipper' camera, with plates, slides, hydrokinone, and other known and unknown (chiefly the latter) appurtenances..." Well, I confess, I am thankful for my digital!
  • Abigail Shout's Protest (Godey's, 1868)
    Abigail Shout raises some excellent objections to the trials and tribulations authors create for their literary heroines.

  • To Let - Furnished (CFM, 1895)
    On the benefits and hazards -- to tenants and landlords alike -- of renting a furnished residence in London.
  • The Street Games of Children (The Strand, 1891)
    Tipcat, Bucks and Gobs, Hard Buttons, Poor Jenny, Bobby Bingo... these are just a few of the entertainments enjoyed by the children of Victorian London!

  • 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
  • About Fans (Demorest, 1870)
    A brief but charming summary of the lore and legend of the fan.

    Recreation & Travel
  • Curiosities of Angling (The Strand, 1896)
    A look at some fishing trophies, fishing records, and peculiar objects made to celebrate the art of angling.
  • Yachting in the Mediterranean (CFM, 1896)
    How to navigate and enjoy this "treacherous sea" -- along with some lovely pictures of the interior of the author's own yacht.

    Working Life
  • A Strange Trade (CFM, 1889)
    This article gives new meaning to the term, "Ant Farm." (Or maybe "old meaning"?)

    The Delinquent
    With Pen and Ink
    Elegy on the Death of a Country Washerwoman
    The Hat
  • Coming in September 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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