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Four Friends in a Phaeton (Demorest, 1886)
Four friends decide to go on a tour of... Nebraska! The results are actually quite delightful!
Wedding Breakfasts (CFM, 1876)
The author doesn't seem to quite approve of them, but if one must have one, a menu is provided, including extensive instructions on how to prepare the cake.
Wedding Flowers (CFM, 1883)
Lore and legend of the bridal wreath and bouquet.
How We Made Our Picnic a Success (CFM, 1876)
The key-word is "planning"!
Some Hints on Letter-Writing (GOP, 1894)
"Letter-writing should form an important branch of education; its power is immense, its solace considerable, and it can form one of the most delightful or one of the most irksome occupations in the world, both to the writer and to the recipient."
School-Day Reminiscences (GOP, 1891)
A look back at life in a girl's school in Toronto, Canada.
Handcuffs (The Strand, 1894)
These come in many forms - including the American handcuff, the Mexican handcuff, the French "ligote," and more.
The Cheaper City (CFM, 1895)
Which city is cheaper to live in, London or New York? People still ask this question today; this article comes down on the side of New York.
Making Bread at Home (CFM, 1882)
For those who imagined that, in Victorian days, everyone made bread at home, guess again... By 1882, home-made bread was "rarely used" in the city!
Savoury Dishes Without Meat (GOP, 1898)
Eggs, cheese and macaroni are the elements of choice in these tasty recipes.
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.)
My Work Basket (GOP, 1880)
A variety of craft and embroidery projects.
Poetry
The Bald-Headed Tyrant
Little Pigley-in-the-Pound
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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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