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Yachting in the Mediterranean (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1896)
How to navigate and enjoy this "treacherous sea" -- along with some lovely pictures of the interior of the author's own yacht.
The Doctor's Corner of the Kitchen Garden (Cassell's Family Magazine, 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 (The Girl's Own Paper, 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 (Cassell's Family Magazine, 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 (Cassell's Family Magazine, 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.
How We Made Our Picnic a Success (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1876)
The key-word is "planning"!
Picnic Parties (Ingalls, 1889)
More recipes for dining al fresco!
Peculiar Children I Have Met (The Strand, 1896)
French author Max O'Rell (who is always a treat to read) talks of his days as a schoolmaster in England.
On the Tramp (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1885)
The lives of wanderers, hobos and vagabonds.
A Kitten (Atlantic Monthly, 1893)
Anyone who has ever watched a kitten grow up will identify with this charming description of Claudius Nero.
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.
Home Management, Month by Month (The Girl's Own Paper, 1901)
Household management tips for the month.
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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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