A humorous look at what fashions in the 20th century might be, based on the "discovery" of a book published 100 years later... happily most of these predictions never came to be, but interestingly, the article "predicts" that "cigars went out of fashion 20 years ago. Men and women consumed so much tobacco that their health was endangered..." Not so far off!
How to Cook a Pumpkin(CFM, 1883)
This article explains not only how to cook this "American favourite" (unfamiliar to many in Britain), but how to plant and grow them. It offers, of course, a recipe for pumpkin pie, as well as pumpkin tart, soup, Buckland stew and trifle.
Our Brothers and Sisters(GOP, 1901)
Since boys don't read girls' magazines, "There is no use my writing here, 'My dear fellows, what are you thinking about in letting your sisters fetch and carry for you like that, and expecting them always to give in to your will and pleasure?'"
Some Austrian Sweets(CFM, 1893)
"It has been said... that throughout Austria the puddings have reached the summit of perfection; the same may be said of the sweets generally..."
Paper Modeling(Peterson's Magazine, 1858)
Charming piece on how to create a house out of paper - a craft that is very much coming back into vogue today!
Curiosities of Foot-Gear(CFM, 1889)
From Roman sandals to the French chopine, a look at some odd, extravagant, and definitely ankle-twisting footwear throughout history.
A Detective on Detective Stories(CFM, 1895)
This unnamed detective from Scotland Yard doesn't think very highly of detective fiction, and explains his reasons...
Syrups for Home Use(GOP, 1895)
A "syrup" in this case is basically the cordial that would be used to create a non-alcoholic beverage.
A reader bemoans the cruelties inflicted by authors upon hapless heroines, who are beset with all manner of sorrows - along with a reminder that readers may find enough unfortunates to sympathize with in real life!
In Behalf of Crime(Harper's, 1882)
Just as the writer in the previous article bemoans the sufferings of heroines in literature aimed at women, the writer in this article wonders why literature aimed at boys abounds with tales of crimes and criminals.
About Two Dogs I Knew(Stories of History, 1891)
About Luna, a master of deception, and Donald, who preferred to travel by hansom cab.
Only One Penny!(CFM, 1882)
Animated beetles, dolls, tiny parasols, squeaking birds, and a host of other marvelous items -- all to be had on the streets of London for "only one penny"!
Silk Jewelry(Demorest, 1879)
Instructions on how to cover cloth button forms with silk to create beautiful jewelry pieces. (You can still get button cover kits!)
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.)
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