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The Dog Orchestra (The Strand, 1897)
A look at six dogs who, yes, actually play musical instruments!
An Extinct Industry (GOP, 1895)
It's always the same story: New technology makes old jobs obsolete. Like this new-fangled invention, the typewriter...
That Quiet Half-Hour... The Plaint of a Housemother (CFM, 1892)
Her plaint, of course, is that there is no such thing as a quiet half hour!
Wages of Domestic Servants (GOP, 1901)
How much do servants earn? How about servants under the age of 15?
When I Was a Girl (GOP, 1880)
A look back at the early part of the 19th century...
How to Embroider in Crewels, Part 1 (GOP, 1880)
Some beautiful patterns for this classic form of embroidery.
Country Customs for March: Primrose and Palm Gathering (ILA, 1849)
This installment looks at Palm Sunday, some country place names, and the countryside in March.
House Mottoes, Part 2 (GOP, 1898)
The conclusion to the series on curious inscriptions on historic British houses.
The Cakes of Other Climes (GOP, 1893)
This is a charming look at different types of cakes and their "occasions" in other countries - more of a cultural roundup than a recipe collection.
My Friend Douglas (CFM, 1892)
Douglas lives a leisurely life in the country, yet carries his home on his back... which makes sense, as he is a tortoise!
Some Recipes from an Old Housekeeper's Book (GOP, 1896)
Some delicious puddings from an antique cookery book.
Well-Dressed (Godey's, 1860)
Words of wisdom from this icon of Victorian fashion!
The Rules of Society (GOP, 1899)
For those who "feel a little uncertain" about those small things in life that might seem unimportant, but that mean so much...
My School Days, Part 3 (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!
Chronicles of an Anglo-Californian Ranch, Part 4 (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!
Recipes for March (GOP, 1896)
Sultana Pudding, Orange Marmalade and Rhubarb Compote all sound good, but I absolutely have to try "Chestnut Soup"!
Afternoon Tea-Cakes (GOP, 1891)
Lemon Cakes, Cocoa-Nut Cakes, Cocoa Cones, and Almond Croquettes are just a few of the tempting dainties in this article.
Our Soirée Musicale (CFM, 1874)
A delightful bit of humor that explores Victorian pomposity - as a social group discovers that one of its potential members is (gasp) in trade!
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1895)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Signs of Spring
The Glacier vs. the Editor
O You Fellers in the City
The Month of March

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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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