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Peculiar Playing Cards (Part II) (The Strand, 1893)
"Upon these bits of painted cardboard there has been expended a greater amount of ingenuity and of artistic effort than is to be found in any other form of popular amusement."
English As She Is Taught (Century, 1887)
Mark Twain looks at a charming collection of school-children's responses to test questions -- the "Pullet Surprises" of the 19th century!
New Ways of Making Money (CFM, 1894)
"Women have far greater means of earning a livelihood than formerly; but they get money not so much in fresh channels as at the expense of men."
Inventions Overdue (CFM, 1894)
Much has been invented, this author notes, but there is still room for more - he eagerly awaits such inventions as instantaneous transportation, the harvesting of volcanic energy for home heating, noiseless pavements, and... colour photography! (Well, at least he wouldn't have been completely disappointed!)
On the Thames (Demorest, 1884)
A journey along the Thames by canoe.
Some Embroidery Stitches (GOP, 1891)
Basic stitches for beautiful creations.
Going into Society (Demorest, 1873)
Society at its best, says this author, should be an opportunity for a girl to gain education and maturity; at its worst, it can render a girl's future valueless to herself and injurious to others.
Our Belongings: The Girls (CFM, 1892)
On the many types of girls: The heedless girl, the beauty, the girl-genius (bound for Girton!), the girl with a sense of humour, the domestic girl, the placid girl, the girl with imagination, and more...
Moorland Idylls: A Flight of Quails (English Illustrated Magazine, 1895)
A charming series by noted author Grant Allen, who was also a keen observor of nature.
Tame Snakes: A True Story (CFM, 1884)
On the wisdom, or lack thereof, of keeping a boa and a python as pets.
Chafing Dish Cooking and The Chafing Dish in Daily Use (GOP 1896, 1897)
The first article in this series provides an interesting history of the chafing dish and describes its basic construction and use, along with recipes for Welsh Rarebit and several oyster dishes. The second brings us some American recipes, such as chestnuts and oysters and bouillabaise.
Our Friends the Servants, Parts 5 & 6 (GOP, 1893)
A six-part series on understanding and managing the all-essential staff of the Victorian home.
September (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.
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.
Odds and Ends (GOP, 1897)
A fascinating round-up of news, notes and trivia from around the Victorian world.
Poetry
A Cheerful Spirit
A Purpose

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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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