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Cats (The Strand, 1891)
In 1891, it was considered "extraordinary" that a person might love cats!
The Chiffoniers of Paris at Home (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1881)
The hard life of Paris's rag-pickers and dustmen.
Life in Old Virginia (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1884)
An Englishwoman finds Virginia pleasant, except for the very non-English weather!
Embroideries New and Easy (The Girl's Own Paper, 1898)
A look at some lovely Norwegian embroidery techniques.
Practical Etiquette: On Making Introductions (Demorest, 1888)
"Since the rise and alarming spread of Anglomania in [America], there has been a strong effort made... to introduce English manners here, and especially those English customs which favor exclusiveness... Those of the old school... argue... that we do not need to slavishly imitate the customs of another nation whose conditions differ so essentially from ours."
Flowing or Short Hair for Ladies (Godey's, 1860)
The author of this letter wonders if short hair will truly become the style - but also makes a fine argument for letting long hair flow instead of binding it up in knots and buns.
Gallicized English (Century, 1898)
From "rostbif" to the "ha-i-la-i-fe," a look at how Victorian French publications adopt and adapt the popular English phrases of the day.
Detective Day at Holloway (Windsor, 1897)
Of the many methods used to identify law-breakers, for "it frequently happens that a man or woman who has been arrested for some small offence, is very much 'wanted' for another, infinitely more heinous."
Crochet Jacket for a Greyhound (Godey's, 1873)
Too cute to pass up!
The Life of a Private Soldier in Times of Peace (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1882)
"The first thing to do is to show how a lad can most easily join the army, with least trouble to himself, and with the least danger of becoming mixed up with bad characters and making bad friends at the start of his military career."
How to Spend Sunday (English Illustrated Magazine, 1890)
A remarkably balanced look at the meaning of the Sabbath, addressing some of the issues involved in keeping museums and other attractions open on Sunday.
Moorland Idylls 6: The Gnarled Pine Tree (English Illustrated Magazine, 1895)
The difficult life of a tree on the moors.
Aunt Mehitabel's Winter in Washington (Godey's, 1873)
This wonderful eight-part series of "letters" written by "Aunt Mehitabel" to her loved ones back in Virginia provide a wonderful look at Washington (DC) life and society in 1873. The Washington monument has not yet been built, and in one letter "Aunt Mehitabel" urges women across the country to send $1 toward its completion. The series looks at the notable figures of the day, describes fashions and homes in detail, and paints a brilliant picture of life on Capitol Hill.
Home Management, Month by Month (The Girl's Own Paper, 1901)
Household management tips for the month.
Poetry
A Winter Song
A Serious Time
My Collection
Sary "Fixes Up" Things

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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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