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Things Made by Children (The Strand, 1897)
"The writer of this article has made it his business to search the whole country through for interesting specimens of ingenious work done entirely by children." And he certainly found a number of them, from dollhouses to a prayer cut out of wood with a fret-saw!
An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier (Century, 1897)
John Muir's account of a perilous trek across an icy crevasse in Alaska with a most unusual canine companion.
Parlor Games (Collier's Cyclopedia, 1882)
A guide to all those odd games that you find mentioned in Victorian tales, which assume (naturally) that the reader knows what they are and how they're played. Here are the rules for games such as Consequences, Adjectives, Crambo, What Is My Thought Like?, Mesmerism and more.
New Year in Japan (Demorest, 1870)
The Japanese New Year falls on February 6, and is a time for cleaning, whitening the mats with rice powder, decking the doors with trees and garlands, and making lots of noise with toy trumpets, pipes, whistles and tambourines.
How to Lay the Breakfast and Luncheon Tables/How to Lay the Dinner Table (The Girl's Own Paper, 1886)
If tables are bright and cheerful, this author believes, then so will be the diners!
Holly and Mistletoe (Demorest, 1870)
Did this miss the Christmas issue? No - it's actually about holly and mistletoe traditions associated with Valentine's Day!
Animals as Beggars (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1895)
Stories of animals who beg for themselves -- and on behalf of others!
The Life of the Non-Commissioned Officer (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1882)
A look at the opportunities for the person who wishes to make the Army a permanent, lifetime career.
Moorland Idylls 7: A Desperate Struggle for Life (English Illustrated Magazine, 1895)
On the difficulties of planting a garden on the moors.
Dainty Orange Dishes (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1895)
Orange cake, orange pudding, orange sauce, orange butter, tangerine creams and orange trifle.
"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 (GOP, 1901)
Household management tips for the month.
Foreign Cakes and Sweets (Girl's Own Paper, 1902)
A round-up of German recipes.
Poetry:
The Presidents: Memory Jingle
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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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