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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 (CFM, 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.
A Highland Joke (CFM, 1884)
The great Highland baby swap!
Some Differences Between English and American Homes (CFM, 1895)
The English seem to believe that Americans know nothing of the comforts of life, while Americans believe they alone possess the secret of a happy home...
Useful Recipes for Toiletries (GOP, 1898)
Recipes for face cream, mouth wash, smelling salts, hair restorer, scents and more.
True Economies in Household Management, Part II (CFM, 1882)
"I pass on now to the enumeration of a few articles--for which we are chiefly indebted to the Americans--that will save time and labour... if you once possess them you'll look back and wonder how you managed so long without their assistance." These include a knife sharpener, a rotary grater, and a cinder-sifter.
Bees and Their Folklore (CFM, 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."
Our Friends the Horses, Part I (CFM, 1889)
"The English may or may not be the finest horsemen in the world, but I doubt whether any other nation--with the exception, perhaps, of the Arabs--are on such thoroughly confidential, friendly terms with their horses as the English."
Tapestry Painting (GOP, 1880)
Beautiful patterns that could be used in a variety of crafts.
Etiquette for "Our Brothers" (GOP, 1883)
On the importance of chivalry, honor and courtesy on the part of the male...
Recent Ideas on Dress Reform (GOP, 1891)
This article (possibly by the same author) is an interesting follow-on to July's feature on reform in underclothing, written 14 years earlier. Now, the great enemy of women's health is the dreaded corset!
A Letter from a Kitchen (GOP, 1881)
This letter written to the editors of The Girl's Own Paper gives an interesting view of the lives of servants.
Practical Points of Law (GOP, 1901)
A series of fillers on various intriguing points of English law in Victorian times. In this issue: Servants; Popular Errors; Wills; Travel.
Angle Decoration (Demorest, 1880)
Tips on decorating in a corner...
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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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