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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.
West Indian Products (GOP, 1900)
A look at some West Indian foods, such as bananas, banana flour, yams, and "coker-nuts" -- and what to do with them.
The Typical New Yorker (CFM, 1886)
An American looks at the "typical" self-made commercial man that is the 19th century New Yorker.
Good Breeding in Daily Converse (GOP, 1882)
On the etiquette of gracious speech and conversation.
Gone to the Dogs (CFM, 1876)
A visit to London's Home for Lost Dogs, in search of one.
Peculiar Furniture (The Strand, 1894)
Trick chairs, a stool designed to throw off anyone who sits upon it, a whistling table, a suffocating bed, a coffin cradle - these furnishings range from whimsical to downright unpleasant!
Beautified House-Linen (CFM, 1895)
Some lovely embroidery patterns for linen embroidery.
Cooking in May (GOP, 1897)
Some nice recipes for trout, salmon, and asparagus.
The Modern Servant Girl (CFM, 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."
Some Economical Indian Dishes (GOP, 1896)
This article offers a couple of delicious-sounding chutney recipes.
A Page of Puddings (GOP, 1896)
Some delectable desserts...
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.)
Fiction: That Stout German (The Strand, 1894)
What make the German stout also made for an interesting experience in Customs...
Poetry
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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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