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May Queens (The Strand, 1892)
May Queens, May-Poles and other May-Day customs of "Old Cheshire."
Soups (GOP, 1898)
Tomato, Green Pea and Scotch Broth are familiar, but "Tapioca Soup" definitely sounds intriguing!
An Essay Competition for Professional Girls (GOP, 1897)
Professional women (including a nurse, a collector of folklore, a professional musician and a writer) describe their work and working lives in this Victorian essay competition.
The Queen's Tobacco-Pipe (CFM, 1874)
The joke of the day was that the Queen smoked by proxy: Her "tobacco pipe" was the customs furnace used to destroy contraband goods. Find out what oddities were consigned to the flames!
My School Days, Part 5 (GOP, 1897)
E. Nesbit's alarming encounter with the Mummies of Bordeaux.
Chronicles of an Anglo-Californian Ranch, Part 6 (GOP, 1899)
A British family sallies forth into the New World to seek its fortune in southern California, not far from the "busy and enterprising town of Los Angeles." (Warning: This installment is not precisely politically correct.)
Mistaken Identity (CFM, 1885)
Of convictions, deceptions and more involving mistaken identities, look-alikes and imposters.
How to Embroider in Crewels, Part 3 (GOP, 1880)
Tips on using crewel embroidery to embellish garments.
Brother Jonathan's Womankind (CFM, 1885)
A bit of the country mouse and the city mouse here: The author looks at an American farm woman and a "New York butterfly," both from the British perspective.
Recipes for May (GOP, 1896)
While this collection offers some delicious-sounding main courses, it's the desserts that carry the day: Rice Shape, Bread-and-Butter Pudding, Raspberry Cream Tart, and Green Gooseberry Jam!
Country Customs for May: May-Day Games (ILA, 1849)
May-poles, woodland banquets, royal masquerades (including a king who liked to dress up like Robin Hood), and tips on the best fishing of the season.
New Dried Fruits (GOP, 1899)
In 1899, dried apricots, apples, plums, etc. were "very modern and recent gifts to a grateful world" -- and this article explains how to cook with them.
The Postmen of the World, Part 1 (CFM, 1885)
India's Camel Express Messengers; China's mail-packets; Hindustan's tappal runners; the pony express; and other mail delivery systems throughout the world.
Table Decorations (GOP, 1887)
Ideas for beautiful floral centerpieces and highlights for the table.
Our Friend the Fox-Terrier (CFM, 1893)
The exploits of yet another delightful fox terrier named Jack. (Were they all named Jack?)
Centre-Piece Embroidery (GOP 1901)
A design for a beautiful embroidered table centerpiece.
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1895)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
Memorial Day
Change
A Difference of Opinion (two views of "My Poodle Dog")
The Month of May

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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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