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The Evolution of the Cycle (The Strand, 1892)
"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 (GOP, 1889)
Beautiful Fred Miller art designs that would be effective in a wide variety of craft projects.
Something About Type-Writing and Typists (GOP, 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 (GOP, 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 (GOP, 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 (GOP, 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 (CFM, 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.
Animals as Bargain-Makers (CFM, 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 (CFM, 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.
How a Lady Passes Her Day in India (CFM, 1876)
Early rising is essential in order to accomplish one's tasks and errands before the impossible heat of the day sets in!
How to Make American Candies (GOP, 1898)
Tips on making cream nuts, nougat, tricoloured candy, creams, and chocolate marbles.
My Work Basket (GOP, 1880)
Lovely craft and embroidery projects.
Winter Worries for Our Girls (GOP, 1889)
A page of word puzzles.
On the Art of "Putting Things Well (GOP, 1889)
It's not just what you say, but how you say it...
Leisure (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1889)
What is "leisure?" Why is it important? This article is as relevant to today's busy, busy people as it was more than 100 years ago.
Poetry
The Absurdity of It
The Trials of a Broom
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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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