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Yachting in the Mediterranean (CFM, 1896)
How to navigate and enjoy this "treacherous sea" -- along with some lovely pictures of the interior of the author's own yacht.
English Cave-Dwellers of Today (CFM, 1896)
"How little one knows of one's own country!" In the 1890's, there were still many villages living in caves and cave-dwellings throughout Britain.
The Doctor's Corner of the Kitchen Garden (CFM, 1878)
"There is many and many a simple herb, that can very easily be cultivated in any out-of-the-way corner of the kitchen garden... [that are] simply invaluable in many cases of sickness."
My Doll's Drawing Room, and How I Furnished It (GOP, 1894)
A wicker chair made from a sailor's hat, a writing desk of matchbooks, and a host of things one can do with cardboard and wire and beads...
My Struggles with a Camera (CFM, 1892)
"Within a few days, I was the proud possessor of the 'Clipper' camera, with plates, slides, hydrokinone, and other known and unknown (chiefly the latter) appurtenances..." Well, I confess, I am thankful for my digital!
Ornamental Chocolate Dishes (CFM, 1895)
I'm inclined to say, if it's chocolate, who cares if it's ornamental? However, in Victorian days, presentation matters - hence in meringues, for example, "the fashion of the moment is for flowers of pink and mauve blended; fawn and mauve are also appreciated..." This has some truly sinful-sounding recipes!
Who Stole the Banknotes? (Little Folks, 1883)
Some thieves hide money in their mattress; others make a mattress out of money...
Abigail Shout's Protest (Godey's, 1868)
Abigail Shout raises some excellent objections to the trials and tribulations authors create for their literary heroines.
About Fans (Demorest, 1870)
A brief but charming summary of the lore and legend of the fan.
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.)
Home Management, Month by Month (GOP, 1901)
Household management tips for the month.
My Work Basket (GOP, 1880)
A variety of craft and embroidery projects.
Poetry
The Delinquent
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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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