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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!
February: St. Valentine's Day (Illustrated London Almanack, 1855)
A rather humorous look at the celebrations of this ancient holiday, including the attentions paid to members of the clergy by eligible ladies.
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.
A Kitten (Atlantic Monthly, 1893)
Anyone who has ever watched a kitten grow up will identify with this charming description of Claudius Nero.
How to Lay the Breakfast and Luncheon Tables/How to Lay the Dinner Table (GOP, 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 (CFM, 1895)
Stories of animals who beg for themselves -- and on behalf of others!
Crochet Jacket for a Greyhound (Godey's, 1873)
Too cute to pass up -- and proof that decorating dogs in silly-looking outfits has a long history...
Sweet Memories (St. Nicholas Magazine, 1889)
You've heard of the bull in the china shop; this is the tale of an elephant in a sweet shop.
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.)
Home Management, Month by Month (GOP, 1901)
Household management tips for the month.
What to Cook and How to Cook It (GOP, 1897)
Recipes for the month.
Something Like a Title
The Presidents
The Boastful Butterfly
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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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