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!
A Social Revolution: The Married Women's Property Act, 1882(CFM, 1883)
A social revolution indeed, "reversing the ancient principle of the Common Law, through which, upon marriage, the husband and wife became the same person (who, in practice, always turned out to be the husband)" -- and by which a husband acquired full rights to all his wife's property except her lands, including her future earnings and savings.
The Work of the Light-Vessels(CFM, 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(CFM, 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.
A Garden of Gillyflowers(GOP, 1890)
On the lore behind the name of this beloved British blossom.
Easter Eggs, and How the Girls Made Them(GOP, 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(GOP, 1881)
Tips on creating pastries both sweet and savoury.
Home-Made Biscuits in Switzerland(GOP, 1900)
Kummels, Kussens and Kuchli... for our American readers, remember that "biscuit" means "cookie."
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.
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.)
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine • GOP = Girl's Own Paper • ILA = Illustrated London Almanack • S = The Strand
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