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How I Tried to Write a Story (CFM, 1888)
An amusing account of an author's efforts to "break in" that will ring just as true with writers today!
Curious Bibles (The Strand, 1897)
The "vinegar" Bible, the "Wicked" Bible, the "She" Bible, and a variety of other curious misprints that have turned several editions of The Great Book into highly collectible rarities!
Asnapper, the Brown Owl (GOP, 1895)
Eliza Brightwen returns with an account of sharing her drawing-room with a particularly sociable bird.
Swiss Cakes, and How to Make Them (GOP, 1890)
Almond Sugar-Bread, Swabian Bread, Chocolate Cake and Macaroons are just a few of the recipes in this collection!
Serviettes, and How to Fold Them (GOP, 1893)
I've always wanted to learn how to fold napkins, and this article spells it all out with marvelous diagrams.
A Doggie Story (GOP, 1885)
From the author of "Long Tail, Esquire" from our previous issue, this is a touching tale of how a lost dog was reunited with his master.
Our Husbands (GOP, 1901)
How a wife may help make a marriage work with "sacrifice" but not "slavery."
A Lady's Journey to Texas, Part 2 (GOP, 1883)
This installment provides a delightful picture of San Antonio in the 1880's - then a town of some 22,000 inhabitants.
Some Charming Dishes (GOP, 1888)
Charming indeed, including a Casserole of French Plums, a German Apple Tart, Snow Pudding, and Pineapple Fritters.
Some Foreign Sweet Dishes and How to Make Them (GOP, 1891)
Including Almond Pudding, Lemon Cream, Almond Balls, Apples in Cream, Pistache Pudding, and Sugar Nuts.
Flowers in History, Part 2 (GOP, 1889)
The series continues with a look at the lore of clover, shamrock, daisies, chrysanthemums and more.
The Law of Mistress and Servant (GOP, 1886)
What one may not have gleaned from Downton Abbey is that the relationship between mistress and servant was one of mutual obligation, with specific rules and rights governing each.
Motives [Motifs] from Japanese Embroideries, Part 2 (GOP, 1890)
More beautiful embroidery patterns.
Recipes for Perfumes (GOP)
Includes a recipe for hair renewer, and a recipe for a perfume smelling of new-mown hay.
A Happy Family (GOP, 1891)
Martha and Willy were, in fact, two full-grown lions living with a widow in Boston!
Recipes for August (GOP, 1896)
Who could resist "General Satisfaction Pudding?"
Chats About the Calendar (GOP, 1883)
Folklore about the month of August.
The Apotheosis of the Pocket Handkerchief (GOP, 1898)
It was an "article of fashion, an ornament to be worn, and carried in the hand and used on state occasions" - this article describes the evolution of the lady's handkerchief from the 15th century.
Spring Clean (GOP, 1895)
A writer expresses concern over this peculiar "occult form of worship" that takes place in English households every spring!
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1895)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
Girton Girl
Jetty Vogel's Cat
The Month of August

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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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