In 1891, it was considered "extraordinary" that a person might "love cats"!
Answering Letters(GOP, 1885)
"Of all the minor social civilities, not one, perhaps, is so much neglected as the simple courtesy of answering letters..." Today, we would say the same of e-mails!
A short look at the month of January in the country, with tips on keeping the snow-birds fed.
New Year in Japan(Demorest, 1870)
New Year's Day in Japan is actually the 6th of February. On that day you'll find door mats whitened with rice powder to look like snow, and pine or bamboo trees bound with rice-straw garlands and decked with oranges and gilded paper.
The Evolution of Cricket(The Strand, 1895)
Though its origins are lost to history, it's believed that the game may have evolved from "cat and dog," or the "cricket-a-wicket" mentioned in an Italian dictionary in 1595.
The Chiffoniers of Paris at Home(CFM, 1881)
The hard life of Paris's rag-pickers and dustmen.
Life in Old Virginia(CFM, 1884)
An Englishwoman finds Virginia pleasant, except for the very non-English weather!
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."
Veal chops, chicken fricassee, mutton cutlets, jugged hare, and other meat dishes.
Daisy Work(GOP, 1894)
A simple and attractive embroidery stitch that is useful for filling large areas.
Fiction... Sort of... "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.
Notes by an Artist Naturalist(GOP, 1892-94)
Beautifully illustrated monthly series by artist Fred Miller on the flora, fauna and lore of the season. (This series ran sporadically between 1892 and 1894.)
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