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Queer Conveyances (The Strand, 1897)
"It occurred to the present writer that a collection of photographs of many of the most picturesque conveyances of the world would prove interesting alike to the traveller and the 'stay-at-home'." And so, from the Pondicherry Push-Push to the camel-drawn state carriage of the Begum of Bhopal, we have a round-up of fascinating means of transport.
Some Old School Books (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1887)
Alphabets were presented a bit differently in earlier times, when "R stands for robber, who died by the rope"!
Foolhardy Feats: The Niagara Fools (The Strand, 1897)
"The last thirty years has witnessed an unending procession of fools to Niagara," to jump, walk a tightrope over the falls (in imitation of Blondin, who cooked an omelette on a stove balanced on such a tightrope), and, of course, to attempt the falls in the ever-famous barrel.
How I Made Soap (Demorest, 1880)
A delightful account... let's just say that it didn't work quite according to the directions.
Writing for the Press (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1889)
"Oh, let me advise you and beseech you not to write for the press unless you possess that most valuable and most beautiful of personal gifts--common sense."
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.
True Economies in Household Management (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1882)
"Economy is the management, regulation, and government of a family or household; a frugal and judicious use of money, that management which spends money to advantage and incurs no waste... a judicious application of time, labour, and the instruments of labour." A two-part essay that won first prize in a magazine competition.
Bees and Their Folklore (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1881)
"Numerous superstitions have clustered around this highly useful insect, and in many a country place it is regarded almost with feelings of veneration."
The Table and Its Decoration (Demorest, 1884)
This author goes on at length as to why her kitchen and table are better than those of an acquaintance, partly because "I do not disdain to put some of the common sense Providence has given me, in my kitchen."
Tapestry Painting (The Girl's Own Paper, 1880)
Beautiful patterns that could be used in a variety of crafts.
Etiquette for "Our Brothers" (The Girl's Own Paper, 1883)
On the importance of chivalry, honor and courtesy on the part of the male...
How They Make Beads (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1882)
A fascinating look at how beads are made around the world.
Practical Points of Law (The Girl's Own Paper, 1901)
More intriguing points of English law in Victorian times, with sections on Fixtures; Dogs; Swindles.
Angle Decoration (Demorest, 1880)
Tips on decorating in a corner...
Fiction: "Jock and Saccharissa," by E. Nesbit and Edgar Jepson (English Illustrated Magazine, 1899)
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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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