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Victorian Times Quarterly #18
October-December 2018
Back Issues/Upcoming Issues: Victorian Times

Victorian Times Quarterly
Victorian Times Quarterly #18 brings you the complete contents of Victorian Times for October, November and December 2018 in a beautiful print edition. [NOTE: Articles listed for forthcoming issues are subject to change.]

  • About Two Dogs I Knew (Stories of History, 1891)
    About Luna, a master of deception, and Donald, who preferred to travel by hansom cab.
  • The Art of Seeing Nature (CFM, 1882)
    An interesting review and summary of a children's book "really containing under its lighter garb the numberless observations of a keen-sighted and intelligent lover of nature."
  • The Bird of the Morning (Atlantic Monthly, 1883)
    "If every bird has his vocation... that of the American robin must be to inspire cheerfulness and contentment in men."

  • How to Cook a Pumpkin (CFM, 1883)
    This article explains not only how to cook this "American favourite" (unfamiliar to many in Britain), but how to plant and grow them. It offers, of course, a recipe for pumpkin pie, as well as pumpkin tart, soup, Buckland stew and trifle.
  • Recipes for October (GOP, 1897)
    Recipes for the month.
  • Some Austrian Sweets (CFM, 1893)
    "It has been said... that throughout Austria the puddings have reached the summit of perfection; the same may be said of the sweets generally..."
  • Syrups for Home Use (GOP, 1895)
    A "syrup" in this case is basically the cordial that would be used to create a non-alcoholic beverage.

  • Artistic Bead-Threading (GOP, 1902)
    "The fashion that has arisen for bead-stringing has given girls possessed of taste an opportunity of obtaining, at a very small cost, one of the most beautiful objects of personal adornment--a necklace." Includes designs that would not be out of place today, including Basuto work.
  • Paper Modeling (Peterson's Magazine, 1858)
    Charming piece on how to create a house out of paper - a craft that is very much coming back into vogue today!
  • Silk Jewelry (Demorest, 1879)
    Instructions on how to cover cloth button forms with silk to create beautiful jewelry pieces. (You can still get button cover kits!)

  • How to Write Letters (GOP, 1901)
    "Times have changed. When postage was a consideration and letters were rare, they were composed with great care... and less spontaneous than they are now." Today we say the same about e-mails!
  • Our Brothers and Sisters (GOP, 1901)
    Since boys don't read girls' magazines, "There is no use my writing here, 'My dear fellows, what are you thinking about in letting your sisters fetch and carry for you like that, and expecting them always to give in to your will and pleasure?'"

    Fashion & Costume
  • Aprons (GOP, 1881)
    A bit of the history of the apron, along with a lovely page of contemporary fashions.
  • Future Dictates of Fashion (The Strand, 1893)
    A humorous look at what fashions in the 20th century might be, based on the "discovery" of a book published 100 years later... happily most of these predictions never came to be, but interestingly, the article "predicts" that "cigars went out of fashion 20 years ago. Men and women consumed so much tobacco that their health was endangered..." Not so far off!

    Folklore & History
  • Romantic Legends of Sisters (GOP, 1896)
    Legends of "the heroism and self-denying love of sisters" from across Britain.
  • The Sea-Serpent (The Strand, 1895)
    "There is a general disposition to regard the sea-serpent and all tales of him as an everlasting joke... he usually turns up in America, in a local paper. [But] there is reason to believe that the sea-serpent is a living fact..."
  • The White Lady of the Berlin Castle (CFM, 1884)
    A ghostly lady who is considered a harbinger of death whenever she is seen walking through the Emperor's castle.
  • Some Rather Odd Dishes (CFM, 1882)
    A look at some recipes of antiquity, including "drye stewe," cabaches, "goos in hochepot," pygges and pecokkes, and more... (Do not try this at home...)

    Holidays - Christmas
  • The Christmas Kalends of Provence (Century Magazine, 1897)
    A long but fascinating article on how Christmas was celebrated in Victorian-era Provence, from the gift of grain to St. Barbara to the offering of the lamb on Christmas Eve.
  • Hints for Christmas Decorations (GOP, 1881)
    Amongst other interesting suggestions, this article gives an alternative for those who would like to decorate with holly but can't find or afford it: Use dried peas, dyed red!
  • Christmas in Italy (GOP, 1887)
    Christmas celebrated in an Italian villa.
  • Children's Fancy Dress for Christmas Parties (CFM, 1883)
    "Fancy costumes are particularly well adapted to little folks, a fact which of late years has come to be recognized, and at many juvenile parties character costumes are de rigeur."
  • Christmas Dinners (CFM, 1876)
    "Christmas Day without its dinner would be like the play of 'Hamlet' with the part of Hamlet omitted. A genuine Christmas dinner, too, reveals our real national taste, and proves to ourselves and all the world that we have not yet acquired a French one. I wonder if it is possible for a statician to calculate how many huge sirloins of beef and immense turkeys are consumed on Christmas Day."
  • The Christmas Tree (Illustrated London Almanack, 1853)
    Brought to England by Talleyrand, the tradition was most truly "engrafted" into English tradition by the royal marriage.
  • Chats About the Calendar (GOP, 1883)
    A brief roundup of December lore...
  • How to Entertain at Christmas (CFM, 1881)
    "The house must be cheerful, the ruling power animated. It is worth while to bestow some little trouble on the decoration of the rooms. Have plenty of shining holly, and laurel too, and don't omit the mistletoe..."
  • The Mistletoe (The Home Magazine, 1898)
    A bit of the natural history of this intriguing plant.

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

    Life & Lifestyle
  • A Detective on Detective Stories (CFM, 1895)
    This unnamed detective from Scotland Yard doesn't think very highly of detective fiction, and explains his reasons...
  • Heroines (Godey's, 1863)
    A reader bemoans the cruelties inflicted by authors upon hapless heroines, who are beset with all manner of sorrows - along with a reminder that readers may find enough unfortunates to sympathize with in real life!
  • In Behalf of Crime (Harper's, 1882)
    Just as the writer in the previous article bemoans the sufferings of heroines in literature aimed at women, the writer in this article wonders why literature aimed at boys abounds with tales of crimes and criminals.

  • 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
  • Curiosities of Foot-Gear (CFM, 1889)
    From Roman sandals to the French chopine, a look at some odd, extravagant, and definitely ankle-twisting footwear throughout history.
  • Only One Penny! (CFM, 1882)
    Animated beetles, dolls, tiny parasols, squeaking birds, and a host of other marvelous items -- all to be had on the streets of London for "only one penny"!

    Women's Issues
  • Thoughts on the Higher Education of Women (GOP, 1891)
    Written by an author who identifies himself only as "a man," who sets himself the difficult task of describing "the characteristics of the feminine mind." He doesn't do such a bad job of it!

  • The Story of the King's Idea (The Strand, 1893)
    Whose idea was it really? That depends on how good an idea it was...

    The Summer's Aftermath
    The Birds' Farewell
    Sleigh Bells (music)
    Christmas Thim Times
    Santa Claus' Mistake
    The Christmas Sleigh-Ride
  • Coming in December 2018 on, and

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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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