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Crimes and Criminals: Forgers and Begging-Letter Writers (The Strand, 1894)
A look at some relics in the Scotland Yard "museum" relating to forgeries and frauds.
Welsh Queens of the May (The Strand, 1898)
Every year in Llandudno, a "sweeter, daintier little maiden, clad in royal robes, is for one brief day fêted, cheered, and worshipped by enthusiastic thousands."
The Social Duty of Women: The Musical "At Home" (CFM, 1894)
How to make a musical evening an enjoyable one for your guests.
Afternoon Tea: A Chat Over the Teacups (GOP, 1899)
"Within the last twenty years the simple but most popular meal known by the name of 'afternoon tea' has become a prominent feature in domestic and social life." Though it has also been condemned by some... "We are told that women drink far more tea than is good for them and are growing more nervous in consequence..."
Model Menu for May (GOP, 1893)
What to offer for this month's dinner party.
Out-Door Games From Over the Sea, Part 5: Pies (GOP, 1892)
A six-part series that looks at children's outdoor games from around the world, including some marvelous folklore about counting rhymes and other verses! (Warning: Victorian children's rhymes, especially from America, were not always politically correct!)
Art Needlework (GOP, 1888)
Beautiful embroidery patterns that work just as well today as they did more than 100 years ago.
The Cotillion (Demorest, 1873)
We've all heard of the cotillion, but this article, which describes some of the traditional games and dances therein, is an eye-opener! (Foolscaps and Crown, anyone?)
An Artist's Voyage Around the Horn (CFM, 1886)
A rough and freezing journey...
A Little Enemy (CFM, 1878)
From the adorable Harrison Weir drawings that accompany this piece, it's clear that the author has rather mixed feelings about his "enemy," the rat...
Savouries (GOP, 1890)
Some delicious recipes for tea-time treats and appetizers.
The Art of Cooking Rice (CFM, 1882)
Sweet and savoury rice dishes to delight the palate.
May Lore (ILA, 1846)
Country lore, customs and feast days.
Fiction: Dobson's Plots (CFM, 1889)
Travails of an author literally in search of a plot...
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1896)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
May Garland

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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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