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Birthday Cards (The Strand, 1891)
In 1891, "birthday cards" had only been around for 50-60 years. Find out what they looked like, and meet some Victorian birthday card poets.
Women Soldiers (GOP, 1894)
A look at some real-life "Amazons" throughout history, including the contemporary all-female warrior bodyguard of the King of Dahomey.
Village Life (ILA, 1855)
A town lady visits the country, and finds it a bit different from what she is accustomed to.
Mary's Little Lamb (From a Victorian scrap album, 1889)
Did you know that there really was a Mary, and she really did have a little lamb that followed her to school? Here's the real story!
A Lady's Journey to Texas and Back Again, Part 1 (GOP, 1883)
An account of a British family trying to make a "go" of ranching in Texas (first of a 4-part serial).
Flowers in History, Part 1 (GOP, 1889)
A delightful look at the folklore of flowers, and the role they've played in British history (first of a 6-part serial).
Mischievous Jack (GOP, 1899)
A charming account by naturalist Eliza Brightwen of a semi-tame jackdaw who wreaks havoc in the home and aviary!
Motives [Motifs] from Japanese Embroideries, Part I (GOP, 1890)
The beginning of a three-part series that provides some beautiful patterns from Japanese embroideries.
The Cup that Cheers (GOP, 1880)
It's tea, of course - the lifeblood of Victorian England!
Girls of Fifty Years Ago and Now (GOP, 1901
A fascinating look at how women's roles had changed between 1850 and 1900!
A Chapter on Sweet Pickles (CFM, 1888)
Whether you prefer to call them "pickles" (as Americans do) or "spiced fruits" (apparently a term preferred by the Brits), these recipes will have you drooling!
The Fierceness of Gloucester (GOP, 1898)
Another story from Eliza Brightwen, about a rather bullying squirrel.
Recipes for the Housewife (GOP, 1896)
Brandy Snaps, Gingerbread Cake, Lemon Mince Pies, Almond Puffs... and let's not overlook Sheep's Tongues in Savoury Jelly!
How to Wait at Table (GOP, 1887)
The key to a successful dinner party is servants who know just how to "wait at table" - and this article provides a detailed explanation of all the rules and requirements!
Long Tail, Esquire (GOP, 1885)
A delightful story about the adventures of a mouse - which I found all the more charming because it's not unlike what goes on in my own house...
Polite Answers to Impertinent Questions (GOP, 1891)
Read this and you'll know just what to say the next time someone asks you an embarrassing question!
Watches of All Times (The Strand, 1894)
That pun wasn't mine! This is a charming set of illustrations depicting some odd and eccentric watches throughout history.
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1895)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
Mr. Smith (a dog of low degree)
Housecleaning
The Pastor's Appeal
Ode to Kittenhood
The Month of July

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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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