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Victorian Times Quarterly #22
October-December 2019
Back Issues/Upcoming Issues: Victorian Times

Victorian Times Quarterly
Victorian Times Quarterly #22 brings you the complete contents of Victorian Times for October, November and December 2019 in a beautiful print edition. [NOTE: Articles listed for forthcoming issues are subject to change.]

  • A Burlesque Bull-Fight (The Strand, 1899)
    Queen Victoria required personal assurance that this Southend performance was, in fact, all innocent fun...
  • Jerry: A Personality (Atlantic Monthly, 1894)
    "Doubtless a better horse never was made than the strawberry roan Jerry. At least that is my own belief concerning the intelligent, affectionate animal, whose head is the head of a sage, and whose heart is... like a mountain."
  • Some Royal Pets (CFM, 1895)
    Pets of the royal household include, of course, many dogs - but also donkeys, horses, and even a bison!

  • Breakfast and Tea (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1888)
    On the importance of having something hot and nourishing for the all-important first and last meals of the day (along with tips on how to black a stove).
  • Catering for Children's Parties (CFM, 1880)
    This article opens with an intriguing discussion of how children have changed in "recent years," and notes that today, in the question of coffee vs. tea, most children prefer to drink coffee...
  • Ice Cream (Demorest, 1885)
    Timeless recipes for our favorite treat.
  • A Talk on Tomatoes (CFM, 1894)
    Some unusual tomato recipes, including soup, curry, paste, and "tomato eggs."

  • Drawn Canvas Work (GOP, 1896)
    A beautiful approach to embroidery.
  • A Hanging Cupboard with a Decorated Panel (GOP, 1902)
    Charming Fred Miller design for a small wall cupboard.
  • A Simple Way of Making Deep-Lid Boxes (GOP, 1896)
    An excellent craft project for the holiday season - tips on making your own boxes of light cardboard (including unusually shaped boxes), which you could then decorate in any way you desire.

  • Dinners in Society (GOP, 1881)
    "I will suppose that you are engaged to dine out, to meet a considerable assemblage of friends..." This article has everything you need to know to handle such an occasion!

    Fashion & Costume
  • Dress at Home and Abroad (Demorest, 1873)
    "It is possible to think and act for oneself even upon the subject of dress, and decide for ourselves how far our time and strength should be given to it, and in what way."

    Folklore & History
  • Old Travelers' Yarns (The Strand, 1897)
    From dragons and sea-serpents to the dreaded "anthropophagi," a look at what travelers of ancient days claimed to have seen in the wilds of the world.
  • Somersetshire Superstitions (CFM, 1890)
    Notwithstanding advances in science and education, "In every town, in every village and hamlet--yes, in almost every family circle--a belief in the supernatural still has a place."
  • Curious Facts About Red (Demorest, 1880)
    An interesting roundup of facts and folklore about the color red.
  • The Old Coaching-Days (CFM, 1874)
    "Dr. Johnson used to think that of all pleasures there was none greater than a journey on the top of a stagecoach." And as one old-timer points out, "You got upset in a coach and there you were. You get upset in a train and where are you?"
  • Our Clocks (CFM, 1887)
    On the "various means employed" throughout history to keep a record of the divisions of night and day and the passage of time.

    Holidays - Christmas
  • Christmas Throughout Christendom (Harpers, 1873)
    A lengthy look at the history and folklore of Christmas throughout Europe.
  • Home Decorations for Christmas (CFM, 1874)
    "The old custom was to decorate walls and windows with sprigs of evergreens... We will decorate in a more satisfactory way, if you please." The author goes on to demonstrate, with lovely illustrations, how to incorporate greenery into elaborate wreaths and decorations.
  • Christmas Receipts (Demorest, 1873)
    A host of plum pudding recipes.
  • How to Give a Children's Party (CFM, 1876)
    Tips on ensuring that a children's holiday party is "well-conducted," not wearisome to its participants, and designed to give pleasure to the children invited.
  • Christmas Dinners (CFM, 1881)
    Recipes from the Christmas beef to the plum pudding.
  • Christmas in the North (Demorest, 1873)
    A look at Christmas traditions in Scandinavia and Russia.
  • The Queen's Christmas (Home Magazine, 1898)
    On the decorations of the palace, the royal Christmas feast, and the gifts Queen Victoria hand-selects for her family.
  • Christmas in the German Fatherland (GOP, 1887)
    A look at a traditional German Christmas Eve ceremony.
  • Christmas Season: Gifts (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1888)
    Tips on choosing the right gifts, and preparing the Christmas dinner and entertainment.

  • Homes with Two Servants (Demorest, 1889)
    How to manage the "help."
  • Kitchen: Beauty and Use (Demorest, 1885)
    "I think most people will agree with me that in table arrangement, the balance which we would all desire is seldom found, and this is because I think most women are not brave enough to do the best they can from their own ideas within, regardless about what other people say."

    Life & Lifestyle
  • Our Silkworms and How We Tended Them (CFM, 1881)
    It might not occur to everyone to raise silkworms, but this family managed to do it fairly successfully!
  • Practical Points of Law (GOP, 1901)
    A series of fillers on various intriguing points of English law in Victorian times. In this issue: Swindles.

  • How to Become a Freeman of the City of London (CFM, 1876)
    On the ancient rights and privileges involved in being an actual "citizen of London."
  • What Becomes of Lost Luggage (CFM, 1876)
    A look at some of the items found in the railway's lost luggage department, including a Stilton cheese, a giant's pair of shoes (really!), an anchor, and an artificial leg.

    Objects & Curiosities
  • Costly Stones: Their Hue and Language (GOP, 1890)
    A look at some of the great stones of the day, from the Koh-i-noor diamond to the Ruspoli sapphire, along with some basic information about gemstones and their origins and the "language" of stones (much like the language of flowers, each gem having its own meaning).
  • Nose-Improvers (The Strand, 1896)
    Devices designed to clamp upon your nose to make it longer, shorter, straighter, or whatever you may desire. Perhaps this should not be tried at home.

  • A Champion Orange-Peeler (The Strand, 1899)
    An ocean-going chef's unusual hobby...
  • An Earth-Girdler (The Strand, 1897)
    Promising to "travel round the world" on a bet was becoming commonplace, but this "earth-girdler" had a bit of a different "spin" on the process.

    Recreation & Travel
  • Cycle, Bicyle or Racycle Riders (Toilettes, 1896)
    This is actually a full-page advertisement - but it's packed with tips and "rules of the road" for cyclists.
  • Tobogganing (GOP, 1890)
    An article encouraging Brits to take up the American sport of tobogganing, with information on how to make one's own toboggan.

  • Some Royal Pets (CFM, 1895)
    Pets of the royal household include, of course, many dogs - but also donkeys, horses, and even a bison!

    Bare Branches
    A Dialogue in Low Life
    An Ounce of Help
    The Girls' Own Carol (music)
    The Angels' Song (music)
    An Old-Time Christmas Feast
    Winter's Snows
  • Coming in December 2019 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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