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Old Travelers' Yarns (The Strand, 1897)
From dragons and sea-serpents to the dreaded "anthropophagi," a look at what travelers of ancient days claimed to have seen in the wilds of the world.
Somersetshire Superstitions (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1890)
Notwithstanding advances in science and education, "In every town, in every village and hamlet--yes, in almost every family circle--a belief in the supernatural still has a place."
A Burlesque Bull-Fight (The Strand, 1899)
Queen Victoria required personal assurance that this Southend performance was, in fact, all innocent fun...
An Earth-Girdler (The Strand, 1897)
Promising to "travel round the world" on a bet was becoming commonplace, but this "earth-girdler" had a bit of a different "spin" on the process.
A Talk on Tomatoes (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1894)
Some unusual tomato recipes, including soup, curry, paste, and "tomato eggs."
The Mystery of Precious Stones (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1896)
Lore and legends surrounding gems and jewelry.
Romantic Legends of Sisters (The Girl's Own Paper, 1896)
Legends of "the heroism and self-denying love of sisters" from Britain and the world.
Syrups for Home Use (The Girl's Own Paper, 1895)
A "syrup" in this case is basically the cordial that would be used to create a non-alcoholic beverage.
Sweet Memories (St. Nicholas Magazine, 1889)
You've heard of the bull in the china shop; this is the tale of an elephant in a sweet shop.
How to Contrive and Decorate a Coffer or Linen Press (The Girl's Own Paper, 1899)
Suggestions for a beautiful poker-worked piece of furniture.
Some Rather Odd Dishes (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1882)
A look at some recipes of antiquity, including "drye stewe," cabaches, "goos in hochepot," pygges and pecokkes, and more... (Do not try this at home...)
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.
Cycle, Bicyle or Racycle Riders (Toilettes, 1896)
This is actually a full-page advertisement - but it's packed with tips and "rules of the road" for cyclists.
Drawn Canvas Work (The Girl's Own Paper, 1896)
A beautiful approach to embroidery.
Curious Facts About Red (Demorest, 1880)
An interesting roundup of facts and folklore about the color red.
What Becomes of Lost Luggage (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1876)
A look at some of the items found in the railway's lost luggage department, including a Stilton cheese, a giant's pair of shoes (really!), an anchor, and an artificial leg.
How to Become a Freeman of the City of London (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1876)
On the ancient rights and privileges involved in being an actual "citizen of London."
Poetry
The Death of the Flowers
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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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