The visiting card that became such a staple of Victorian social life was only 200 years old by 1897 - though similar cards had existed in China for 1000 years. This article looks at some of the cards of notable figures, and some curious designs.
Table Manners(Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1889)
"Good manners at th table are of the greatest importance, for one can, at a glance, discern whether a person has been trained to eat well... to drink quietly, and not as a horse or cow drinks... There is no position where the innate refinement of a person is more fully exhibited than at the table."
Delectable Salads(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1894)
Presentation is as important as flavor, as the interesting tips on creating a delicious and beautiful chicken salad demonstrate...
Nothing for Nought(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1887)
Ads promising lavish pay for easy work ("assemble crafts in your home!") are nothing new -- and such promises were as worthless in Victorian days as they are today. This article looks at some of the most common Victorian "work from home" scams.
Embroidered Initials(The Girl's Own Paper, 1893)
How to create elegant embroidered monograms.
Kitchen Requisites(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1875)
What were the essentials of the well-furnished Victorian kitchen? This article explains all, and even gives price estimates for the kitchen necessities of the day.
Some Favourite Dogs(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1888)
The author of the wonderful stories of the dachshund Mr. Smith reminisces about some of the dogs of her childhood.
America as a Health Resort(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1882)
"America has drawbacks in the shape of climate... but as a health resort for portions of the year it compares most favourably with any place it has ever been my good fortune to visit; and... I can look back to the time I spent in the United States as one of the pleasantest in my life."
Curious Corporation Customs(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1887)
London's Corporations have a wealth of history, insignia and pageantry that survived well into Victorian times.
Cookery in May(The Girl's Own Paper, 1897)
A collection of gooseberry recipes.
Notes by an Artist Naturalist(The Girl's Own Paper, 1892-94)
Beautifully illustrated monthly series by artist Fred Miller on the flora, fauna and lore of the season.
A Day of My Life in India(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1880)
"Never while in India neglect a morning outing of some sort. Either ride, drive, or walk every morning before the sun is up, for then is the only time you will able to breathe really fresh air--or, as the natives express it, 'eat the wind'."
An American Tea-Table(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1880)
A guest traveling in America will come to understand in time that "supper" is the same meal as "tea" in New York--but the reader of this article may have a bit of difficulty sorting out what is meant by dinner, supper or tea!
Little Ways(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1892)
"It is the 'little ways' that are really so provoking, the pins of faults that prick so hard." Here are some examples of provoking little ways, and how to avoid them!
New Paid Occupations for Women(Cassell's Family Magazine, 1894)
"I do not know of anything more pathetically touching than the sight of a woman gently reared suddenly thrown out on the world with a living to make, and no practical way of making it."
Fifty Tucks Instead of One(Century, 1888)
This editorial on the perils of "labor-saving devices" could have been written today!
A Letter from a Kitchen(The Girl's Own Paper, 1881)
This letter written to the editors of The Girl's Own Paper gives an interesting view of the lives of servants.
May(Illustrated London Almanack, 1845)
A roundup of May folklore, including the lore of the May-pole.
Cookery Recipes(The Girl's Own Paper, 1898)
A selection of recipes for puddings, tarts and omelettes.
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