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(Cassell's Family Magazine, 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(The Girl's Own Paper, 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(Cassell's Family Magazine, 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!
Dogs and Cats as Sitters(Windsor, 1902)
An artist discusses the delights and difficulties of having pets as models - with lots of wonderful illustrations!
A Page of Puddings(The Girl's Own Paper, 1896)
Some delectable desserts...
Curiosities of Foot-Gear(Cassell's Family Magazine, 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(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1895)
This unnamed detective from Scotland Yard doesn't think very highly of detective fiction, and explains his reasons...
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.
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!)
Home Cooking(Ingalls, 1888)
Recipes for a Thanksgiving Day menu.
The Habiliments of Grief, from a Commercial Point of View(Godey's, 1863)
A humorous look at the business of providing mourning garments.
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 Find out more about the magazines used on this site!
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