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Strange Devices (The Strand, 1895)
A follow-on to "Eccentric Ideas" in the November 2014 issue, this article explores such Victorian oddities as a goldfish tank in which the fish can literally ring for supper, and a candle that explodes to reveal a ghost!
The Queen's Pet Dogs (GOP, 1900)
Meet Marco, Spot and Beppo - and many other favorites of Queen Victoria - along with a look at the roles dogs have played in the lives of other British monarchs.
American Cookery (GOP, 1884)
Griddle Cakes, Pan Cakes, Buckwheat Cakes, Baltimore Biscuits, Pies of every description (including "squash pie"), and the syrups to serve them with, including "French Honey" (warning: not for dieters!).
January: The Fancy Ball (The Illustrated London Almanack, 1855)
Catch a glimpse of that beloved staple of movies: The costume ball!
My School Days, Part I (GOP, 1897)
Get up close and personal with famous children's author E. Nesbit as she recalls her own childhood in this charming 12-part serial!
A Lesson in Design (GOP, 1885)
Learn how to turn objects from nature - plants, leaves, flowers - into elegant designs for embroidery and other crafts.
Varieties (GOP, 1885)
An intriguing round-up of odds and ends and trivia.
Court Cookery (GOP, 1894)
Here's a collection of delightful foods you probably won't want to serve at your next dinner party, including antelopes, swans, cygnets and eagles!
Women Workers in the United States (CFM, 1885)
A female art instructor in the US informs British ladies of the job opportunities available in this country, how to apply, and what to expect when they get here.
Caps (GOP, 1892)
An illustrated look at fashionable headwear for old and young, upstairs and downstairs.
The Woman of the Nineteenth Century (Demorest, 1885)
This American publication points out (with a lovely two-page illustration) that the empowered, emancipated woman of the 19th century is hardly something new - but rather, a return to her historical destiny!
January: Plough Monday (ILA, 1849)
Discover the curious customs of the countryside, month by month, in this new series. Plough Monday will remind readers a bit of Halloween's pranks - if one didn't provide a bit of dosh for the ploughmen, they'd plough up your yard!
The Etiquette of Card-Leaving (GOP, 1895)
How you leave your calling card, and what card you leave, speaks volumes for the sort of person you are! For example, omitting the prefix "Miss" (if unmarried) suggests a woman of "masculine proclivities" - though "many young women of really womanly natures may copy the style from others less well-bred than themselves."
Chronicles of an Anglo-Californian Ranch, Part 1 (GOP, 1899)
Another British family sallies forth into the New World to seek its fortune, this time in southern California, not far from the "busy and enterprising town of Los Angeles." Hard work, they find!
Tried Recipes for January (GOP, 1896)
Start the New Year with such confections as Tea-Cakes, Sugar Puffs, Household Cheesecakes, and Apple Chutney - or start your day with delicious Breakfast Sausages or Surprise Sausages.
Clog Almanac; Whitsun Ale Jug; Tokens of Thunder (ILA, 1850)
Thunder in November means a good harvest and "myrthe" among the people; thunder in April betokeneth "deth of wikid men." This page also offers a glimpse of a couple of intriguing antiquities, including a "clog almanac" - a Saxon calendar carved on a four-sided rod.
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1895)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
My Pet
The Cambridge Exam
The Month of January

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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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