A collection of essays from "girls who work with their hands" that won a Girls' Own Paper competition - interesting look at working conditions in the late 19th century!
The Work of the Light-Vessels(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1881)
We've all heard of light-houses, but Britain also employed a fleet of "light-vessels" that served the same purpose.
A Night on a Lightship(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1894)
A closer look at what life was like on board one of England's "floating lighthouses."
An April Chronicle(Demorest, 1889)
April is the month the birds begin to return from their winter migrations, and this charming and beautifully illustrated piece looks at spring visitors to the author's garden.
Fashions of the Nineteenth Century(English Illustrated Magazine, 1892)
Charmingly illustrated piece on the evolution of fashion from the beginning of the 19th century to the 1890's.
A Garden of Gillyflowers(The Girl's Own Paper, 1890)
On the lore behind the name of this beloved British blossom.
Easter Eggs, and How the Girls Made Them(The Girl's Own Paper, 1881)
A look at Easter customs, along with tips on how to decorate Easter eggs in the days before commercial dye kits.
Pies and Tarts(The Girl's Own Paper, 1881)
Tips on creating pastries both sweet and savoury.
Home-Made Biscuits in Switzerland(The Girl's Own Paper, 1900)
Kummels, Kussens and Kuchli... for our American readers, remember that "biscuit" means "cookie."
Tickwork(The Girl's Own Paper, 1893)
Common bed ticking fabric can lend itself to some elegant embroidery patterns!
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.
Moorland Idylls 9: A Summer Stroll(English Illustrated Magazine, 1895)
A walk over the Downs.
How Success Is Achieved(Pennsylvania Board of Agriculture Annual Report, 1886)
A lighthearted look at the keys to success, intended for farmers but applicable to us all!
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 Find out more about the magazines used on this site!
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