"Let us... amuse ourselves by contemplating the various extinct species [of bicycle]--those developments which have somehow taken the wrong turning in the course of evolution, have then stopped, and, as rare fossils, are now only looked at as rarities and curiosities." Judging by the illustrations of these precursors of our bicycle, we should be grateful that they did, indeed, stop!
Some Old Natural History Notions(Stories of History, 1891)
From foxes that fish for crabs with their tails, to a carrion bird with a "nose" for gunpowder, a look at some odd ideas about nature throughout history.
Screen-Painting in Oil Colours(The Girl's Own Paper, 1889)
Beautiful Fred Miller art designs that would be effective in a wide variety of craft projects.
Something About Type-Writing and Typists(The Girl's Own Paper, 1895)
"Even in these progressive days, when typewriters are to be found in every town in England, and we are overwhelmed with typewritten circulars and letters, there are a great many people who have but a very hazy idea of what type-writing is, and of the immense numbers of girls that it provides with steady employment."
Bulgarian Embroidery(The Girl's Own Paper, 1893)
Beautiful ethnic embroidery designs.
Domestic Warfare(Demorest, 1873)
A battle against rats, only won by the acquisition of the rats' most ancient foe!
Cream and Apricot Tea(The Girl's Own Paper, 1901)
The idea is not so much to serve cream and apricots as to design a tea party based upon foods of those colors.
Children's Ways and Sayings(The Girl's Own Paper, 1898)
"Children are better appreciated now than they have ever been before... [In the past] they were admired in proportion to their power of leaving childish ways behind, and their own spontaneous growth was neglected."
Cooking at Sea, Part II(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1886)
On the challenges of preparing meals for the passengers of an ocean liner, while dealing with the difficulties of rolling seas and a small galley, with a further look at "housekeeping" on the ocean.
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.)
Animals as Bargain-Makers(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1894)
Animals know a bargain (or lack of one) when they see one!
The Mock Auction(Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper, 1860)
A look at a common London scam.
Dress Reform for Men(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1883)
On the need to reform men's clothing to befit good taste.
A Morning at Stewart's(Godey's, 1868)
A day at a well-known London department store.
"For Debt"(Windsor, 1902)
In Victorian days, if you couldn't pay your debts, you went to prison - here's a glimpse of what that was like!
A Word with Countrywomen(Century, 1884)
A refreshing dose of reality for those who try to "keep up with the Joneses" of the city world!
On Higher Education for Women(Century, 1883)
A humorous look at whether women need higher education.
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