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Some Royal Pets (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1895)
Pets of the royal household include, of course, many dogs - but also donkeys, horses, and even a bison!
Breakfast and Tea (Ingalls' Home Magazine, 1888)
On the importance of having something hot and nourishing for the all-important first and last meals of the day (along with tips on how to black a stove).
Our Silkworms and How We Tended Them (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1881)
It might not occur to everyone to raise silkworms, but this family managed to do it fairly successfully!
Kitchen: Beauty and Use (Demorest, 1885)
"I think most people will agree with me that in table arrangement, the balance which we would all desire is seldom found, and this is because I think most women are not brave enough to do the best they can from their own ideas within, regardless about what other people say."
The Origin of "O.K." (Century, 1894)
Exploding the myth that "OK" was the result of Andrew Jackson's illiteracy!
The Old Coaching-Days (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1874)
"Dr. Johnson used to think that of all pleasures there was none greater than a journey on the top of a stagecoach." And as one old-timer points out, "You got upset in a coach and there you were. You get upset in a train and where are you?"
Round the London Restaurants (Windsor, 1896)
A look at the various and varied eateries of London.
Scenes in Our Sanctum (Godey's, 1860)
A humorous look at the types of submissions magazine editors received back in the "old days" - not much has changed in 150 years!
Jerry: A Personality (Atlantic Monthly, 1894)
"Doubtless a better horse never was made than the strawberry roan Jerry. At least that is my own belief concerning the intelligent, affectionate animal, whose head is the head of a sage, and whose heart is... like a mountain."
Our Clocks (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1887)
On the "various means employed" throughout history to keep a record of the divisions of night and day and the passage of time.
Catering for Children's Parties (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1880)
This article opens with an intriguing discussion of how children have changed in "recent years," and notes that today, in the question of coffee vs. tea, most children prefer to drink coffee...
A Simple Way of Making Deep-Lid Boxes (The Girl's Own Paper, 1896)
An excellent craft project for the holiday season - tips on making your own boxes of light cardboard (including unusually shaped boxes), which you could then decorate in any way you desire.
Only One Penny! (Cassell's Family Magazine, 1882)
Animated beetles, dolls, tiny parasols, squeaking birds, and a host of other marvelous items -- all to be had on the streets of London for "only one penny"!
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.
Dress at Home and Abroad (Demorest, 1873)
"It is possible to think and act for oneself even upon the subject of dress, and decide for ourselves how far our time and strength should be given to it, and in what way."
Girls' Ideals (Demorest, 1873)
A look at Victorian girls' romantic dreams - and the reality of romance.
Poetry
A Dialogue in Low Life
An Ounce of Help
The Summer's Aftermath
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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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