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From London to Chicago (The Strand, 1893)
"From the greatest capital of the Old World to the young giant city of the Western Hemisphere is now, comparatively speaking, only a step." It's a step of some six or seven days by sea and another 24 hours from New York by train, but still, a step... This article describes the journey, and the luxuries of both liner and train, in marvelous detail.
The Typical New Yorker (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1886)
An American looks at the "typical" self-made commercial man that is the 19th century New Yorker.
Good Breeding in Daily Converse (The Girl's Own Paper, 1882)
On the etiquette of gracious speech and conversation.
Gone to the Dogs (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1876)
A visit to London's Home for Lost Dogs, in search of one.
Beautified House-Linen (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1895)
Some lovely embroidery patterns for linen embroidery.
Cooking in May (The Girl's Own Paper, 1897)
Some nice recipes for trout, salmon, and asparagus.
The Modern Servant Girl (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1894)
"I do not want to complain of servants in general... it is against the raw, untried, unapprenticed article that I inveigh... They have been of all kinds: quick, slow, active, lazy, pleasant, sulky; but one and all incompetent to do the work they professed to do."
The Poacher and His Craft (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1895)
Poachers are nearly legendary figures in English history (after all, Robin Hood was first and foremost a poacher of the King's deer!) -- and here's a look at how the "business" was conducted.
Some Economical Indian Dishes (The Girl's Own Paper, 1896)
This article offers a couple of delicious-sounding chutney recipes.
Decorated Bicycles (Windsor, 1899)
"Decorated bicycles have now become such a common feature at cycling carnivals..." This article looks at some of the most striking, award-winning designs, from bicycles pulled by giant butterflies to elaborate concoctions featuring multiple bikes and riders.
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.
A Few Hints on Repousse Work (The Girl's Own Paper, 1900)
Easy methods of embossing pewter plates.
Combined Chair-Back and Cushion in Embroidery (The Girl's Own Paper, 1900)
A beautiful Victorian needlepoint design.
Fiction: That Stout German (The Strand, 1894)
What make the German stout also made for an interesting experience in Customs...
Moorland Idylls 10: The Arcadian Donkey (English Illustrated Magazine, 1895)
On donkeys, moorland ponies, birds and more.
Home and Society: Suggestions to Young Housekeepers (Scribner's, 1879)
Tips on the arrangement of the home.
Poetry
Culinary Couplets
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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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