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Grandfather's Picture Books (The Strand, 1892)
A look at some curious children's books of older times, including "awful examples of children meddling with fire" and other cheerful topics.
New Year's Receptions (Demorest, 1879)
Suggestions for hosting a New Year's party, along with a look at how such social events have changed in "recent" years.
Decorative Novelties (Demorest, 1879)
A look at some of the latest household decorating trends, including gilt fire-fenders, tinware made to look like "fire-defaced iron," and the use of every imaginable type of animal in china and porcelain decor.
An Imperial Ball at the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg (Demorest, 1879)
Fascinating look at "the first Imperial Ball of the season," including a detailed account of the interior of the palace itself.
New Year's Receptions (Demorest, 1880)
Recipes for a New Year's dinner and reception.
An Hour by Seven Dials (CFM, 1877)
A look at a section of London "associated in our minds with all the worst vices of lower London life."
A Few Samples Per Rail (CFM, 1894)
Portraits of some of the travelers one might meet in a third-class rail carriage.
A Painted Silk or Satin Pianoforte Front (GOP, 1898)
You may not wish to cover the legs of your piano, but this gorgeous design by artist Fred Miller could be used in so many ways!
Poor Josie: The Story of a Rescued Starling (Little Folks, 1883)
The pampered pet of the household after falling down the chimney, Josie learned quite a repertoire of words - and enjoyed scaring sparrows by imitating the cat!
American Women (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1888)
The author - an Englishwoman - finds that American women are far ahead of their British sisters in terms of equality, practical education, and practical knowledge.
New Year's Day in the Vosges (Cassell's Family Paper, 1860)
Concerning the French country custom of erecting a lavishly decorated "New Year's Tree" to bring luck and prosperity to the village for the coming year.
January Out-of-Doors (CFM, 1875)
A monthly series on the seasons in the English countryside - the birds, beasts, and flowers to be seen, along with tips on what to do in the garden, and natural history notes.
Precious Stones: Their Homes, Histories and Influence (GOP, 1894)
An eight-part series on the lore and history of precious stones. For January: The Pearl.
Things in Season, in Market and Kitchen (GOP, 1899)
Suggested menu for the month, based on what is to be found in the market, and what is appropriate for the weather.
Boots & Shoes of All Ages (The Strand, 1892)
Pictorial feature.
Fiction: The Tax on Moustaches (The Strand, 1899)
An award-winning story from an American magazine, reprinted in The Strand - that shows, perhaps inadvertently, the positive effects a lady journalist can have on world politics...
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1897)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
The Battle of Ispahan

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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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