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Topical Site Index

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  • Victorian America Through British Eyes
  • American History
  • Noteworthy Americans
    These sections will expand when we begin posting articles from our American magazine collection.

  • Animals, General (including folklore)
  • Birds, Wild
  • Beasts, Wild
  • Insects, reptiles, fish, etc.
  • Pets: Dogs & Cats
  • Pet Birds/Songbirds
  • Pets: Horses, Donkeys, Goats, etc.
  • Pets: Misc
  • Poultry-Raising: Chickens, Ducks, Pheasants
  • Bee-Keeping

  • Archaeology Abroad
  • Archaeology & Antiquities in the British Isles

  • General Architecture, Roundups, etc. Castles
  • Churches & Cathedrals

    Arts & Crafts
  • Basket-Weaving
  • Crafts for the Home (how to make or decorate home furnishings and bric-a-brac)
  • Embroidery & Needlework (stitches, quilting, embroidery projects)
  • Graphic Arts, Misc.
  • Knitting, Crochet, Lace Work & Fancy Darning
  • Metalworking
  • Leatherwork
  • Nature Crafts (e.g., shells, pressed leaves, flowers, etc.)
  • Painting, Drawing, Sketching (including painting on fabrics and other surfaces)
  • Paper Crafts
  • Photography & Photo Painting
  • Pottery, Clay, Ceramics & Sculpture
  • Woodworking

  • The Victorian Girl's Guide to Beauty
  • Beauty Products - Over the Counter, Natural, & Home-Made
  • Baths & Bathing

    British Colonies & Dependencies
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Canada
  • India
  • Other

    Buildings - see "Architecture" or specific locations (e.g., "London")

    Business, Government & Economics (UK)
  • Victorian Government & Institutions
  • Budget & Financial Advice
  • Business & Financial Institutions
  • Hospitals & the Medical System (See also "Health" and "Work" for articles on nursing.)
  • Law & Legal Issues

  • Baby & Child Care
  • Children's Education
  • Children's Health
  • Amusements, Entertainments & Games
  • Nursery Crafts (e.g., knitting)

    Colonies - see "British Colonies & Dependencies"

    Cooking & Recipes
  • Beverages: Tea, Coffee, etc.
  • Bread & Baked Goods
  • Breakfast & Egg Dishes
  • Candies, Sweets & Bonbons
  • Cooking Tips, Techniques & Instructions
  • Desserts: Cakes, Pies, Pastries, Puddings, Fruit Dishes, etc.
  • Food for Health & Care of Invalids
  • Historic Recipes (pre-Victorian)
  • International Recipes (adapted for British cooks)
  • Jams, Jellies & Preserves
  • Meals & Menus (dinner menus, menus for social events, seasonal menus, menus for limited incomes, etc.)
  • Meat, Poultry, Fish & Seafood, Cold Meats & Leftovers
  • Misc. Recipes & Articles
  • Preserving & Canning
  • Recipe Collections (collections covering various types of dishes)
  • Relishes & Pickles
  • Sauces, Gravies & Glazes
  • Savouries
  • Soups
  • Vegetables, Salads, Potatoes, Rice & Pasta
  • Vinegars, Syrups & Cordials (including cordials for health)

    Country - see "Village & Countryside"

    Crafts - see "Arts & Crafts"

    Disabilities - see "Nursing, Invalid Care & Disabilities"

    Education, Women's
  • Should She or Shouldn't She?
  • Colleges & Programs for Women
  • Exam Preparations, Extension Courses & Correspondence Courses
  • Artistic & Musical Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Physical Education

  • Etiquette for Every Day
  • Etiquette in Conversation
  • Etiquette in Writing & Letters
  • Handling Social Encounters
  • The Art of Hospitality
  • Mourning & Sympathy

  • Fashion Year by Year
  • Victorian Fashion Trends
  • Dress Reform
  • Specific Articles of Clothing & Patterns
  • Fashions of the Past

    Finances, Personal
  • Budgeting
    Budget Tips for Victorian Girls
    How to Live On a Low Income
    At the Market

    Folklore, Fable & Fantasy
  • Folklore From Around the World
  • Folklore of the British Isles
  • Seasonal & Holiday Lore
  • The Lore & Meaning of Names
  • Flower & Plant Lore
  • Retold Folktales

    Gardens & Gardening
  • Types of Victorian Gardens
  • Gardening Tips & Techniques
  • Plants & Flowers
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Miscellaneous Garden Ideas

    Health & Medicine
  • Tips for Healthy Living
  • General Health Issues - digestion, eye health, general physical care, etc.
  • Specific Conditions
  • Mental Health
  • Children's Health
  • Health & Safety - how to handle fires, poisoning, etc.
  • Medications, Old, New & "Natural"
  • The Health Columns of Medicus
    The columns of Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N., The Girl's Own Paper's medical columnist for nearly 20 years (and continuing contributor thereafter). Presented in chronological order.
  • See also "Nursing, Invalid Care & Disabilities."

  • When I Was Young... - reminiscences the early 19th century
  • British History
  • Ancient & Classical History
  • Western Europe
  • The Rest of the World
  • Women in History
    "Roundup" articles on topics like "great women warriors." For information on individual women, see "People, Victorian" or "People, Historic."
  • See also: "Archaeology," "American History," "Objects, Antiquities & Curiosities," "How It Was Made," "People," and "Royalty."

    History, American - see "America"

  • New Year's Day
  • Valentine's Day
  • Easter
  • May Day Christmas
  • Other Holidays & Festivals

    The Home
  • Servants
    Tips on managing servants; legal issues; instructions for servants; and more.
  • Budgeting
    Budget Tips for Victorian Girls
    How to Live On a Low Income
    At the Market
  • Furnishing the Victorian Home
    Furnishings & Room Arrangements
    Individual Furnishings
    Home Décor
    Floral Decorations
    Crafts for the Home (how to make or decorate home furnishings and bric-a-brac)
  • Types of Victorian Homes
  • Housekeeping
    General Housekeeping Advice
    Specific Housekeeping Tasks & Issues (e.g., linens)
    Keeping It Clean - scrubbing, laundry, etc.
    Struggles of a Young Housekeeper - a fictional series designed to instruct Victorian women on how to handle various housekeeping tasks.
  • Sewing & Mending
    Basic Sewing & Mending
    Household sewing & clothing projects
    Sewing for charity

    How It Was Made
    How various items were made in Victorian and pre-Victorian days.
  • China, Pottery & Ceramics
  • Food & Drink
  • Printing & Bookbinding
  • Scents & Perfumes
  • Textiles
  • Miscellany

  • Touring Victorian London
  • Business, Government & Institutions
  • Historic London
  • Social Events & Entertainment
  • Organizations & Amenities

  • Announcements of New Music
  • Sheet Music - Music and songs published in Victorian magazines, by year.

  • The Changing Seasons
    Article series looking at nature from month to month, or for the four seasons, often beautifully illustrated.
  • British Plants & Wildflowers
  • Plants & Flowers of the World
  • The Study of Nature - Articles on how to study and appreciate the natural world.
  • By the Sea

    Nursing, Invalid Care & Disabilities
  • Home Nursing
  • Invalid Care
  • Food & Cooking for Health, Invalids
  • Dealing with Disabilities
  • Nursing as a Career.

    Objects, Antiquities & Curiosities Overviews and in-depth looks at curious and historic objects
  • Household Objects
  • Historic Curiosities
  • International Curiosities
  • Clothing, Textiles & Embroidery
  • Gems & Jewelry
  • Symbols, Emblems, Insignia & Heraldry
  • Miscellany
  • See "Archaeology" for information on archaeological finds and antiquities.
  • See "How It's Made" for information on how various items were made or manufactured in the Victorian period - and in ancient times.
  • See Science & Techology for scientific and technological items

    People, American
  • Noteworthy Americans
    More to come...

    People, Historic
    Historic figures prior to the 19th century.
  • Historic Figures & Everyday Folks
  • Heroes, Heroines & Adventurers - including notable travelers
  • Models of Benevolence
  • The Literary Set
  • Artists
  • Singers, Musicians & Composers
  • Royals of the Past - historic (pre-Victorian) royalty in Britain and worldwide.

    People, Victorian
    Noteworthy people of the Victorian period/19th century
  • Historic Figures & Everyday Folks
  • Heroes, Heroines & Adventurers
  • Famous Travelers
  • Models of Benevolence - people celebrated for "good works," social changes and reforms
  • Artists, Sculptors, Photographers, etc.
  • Composers, Musicians and Singers
  • Writers & Poets

    Poverty & Charity (UK)
  • The Lives of the Poor
  • Organized Charities & Homes (charities addressing temporal and physical needs)
  • Individual Opportunities for Charity
  • Sewing for Charity
  • Mission Work, Domestic and International (missions and charities focused primarily on evangelism and reform, e.g., temperance)

  • Queen Victoria & Family
  • The Queen's Household - articles on the royal residences, pets, dairy, etc.
  • Contemporary Royalty Around the World - 19th century royalty in other countries
  • Royals of the Past
    British Royalty
    Royalty of Other Countries
  • After Victoria
    The Coronation of Edward VII
    The New Regime: Edward VII & Queen Alexandra
  • A Royal Miscellany - various stories and anecdotes about royalty, in Britain and abroad

    Science & Technology
  • Victorian Inventions & Scientific Developments
  • The Victorian Machine
  • Victorian Scientific Discoveries
  • Science, Technology & Victorian Industry

  • Servants & Domestic Service
    Managing the servants
    Servant wages
    Legal issues regarding master and servant
    Servant duties and responsibilities
    Obtaining a job in domestic service
  • See also "Work"

    Sports & Recreation
  • Indoor Recreations - Word games, party games, charades, etc.
  • Outdoor Sports - General - e.g., cricket, golf, tennis
  • Cycling - A look at the evolution of the "cycling craze" and the controversy over whether women should ride bicycles.
  • Riding & Driving
  • Winter Sports

    Social Life & Events
  • The Etiquette of "Calling"
  • Social Dinners, Teas & Other Meals
  • Social Events
  • At Court & in "Society"
  • Social Clubs & Organizations
  • The Victorian Table
  • For recipes and menus for social events and dinners, see the "Cooking" section.

  • General Tips & Advice for the Victorian Traveler
  • The Short Holiday - Short holidays within Britain, such as trips to the seaside or the country.
  • America Through British Eyes
  • Britain Through Other Eyes
  • Travel in the British Isles
  • Travel in Europe - France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
  • Travel in China & Japan
  • Travel in Africa
  • Travel in the Middle East
  • Famous Travelers
  • Travel in India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc: see "British Colonies & Dependencies"
  • See also "The World Through Victorian Eyes" for additional information on other lands and cultures.

    Village & Countryside (UK)
  • Victorian Village and Country Life
  • Country Work & Cottage Industries (including farming, fishing, mining, etc.)
  • Country Seasons
    Several article series looking at nature from month to month, or for the four seasons, often beautifully illustrated.

    Women & Women's Issues
  • The Evolution of the Victorian Woman
    A chronological look at the changing views of women in Victorian times.
  • The Education of the Victorian Woman (for more details, see "Education")
  • Women in History
    "Roundup" articles on topics like "great women warriors." For information on individual women, see "People, Victorian" or "People, Historic."
  • Women at Work
    Articles on changing attitudes toward whether well-bred (i.e., not "working class") Victorian women could/should work, and what they might do. (See "Work" for more details.)
  • Career Opportunities for the Victorian Woman
    Jobs considered "suitable" for the Victorian woman who needed to earn a living.

    Work & Careers
  • Working Conditions
    Working Girls: Life Outside the Factory
    Domestic Service
    Dressmaking & Millinery
    Food Service
    Mill & Factory
    Street Vendors, Workers & Performers
  • Country Work & Cottage Industries
    Cottage Industries & Hand-Work
    Field & Farm
  • The Working Woman
    The debate over whether well-bred women should work, and what types of work were "suitable."
  • Career Opportunities for Victorian Women
    General Job Roundups - articles about the variety of "suitable" careers for women
    Clerical Work
    Dressmaking & Millinery
    Handicrafts & Handwork
    Nursing & Medical Care
    Teaching & Education (including governesses)
    Literary & Artistic Pursuits
    Gardening, Farming, Poultry-Rearing & Agricultural Work
    Domestic Work
  • Other
  • Domestic Service/Servants

    The World Through Victorian Eyes
    People and cultures around the world, as seen and described by Victorians of Britain and America. Warning: Victorian worldviews were often not politically correct, and some of these articles can be offensive to modern sensibilities.
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • The Middle East
  • India
  • Africa
  • The Americas
  • America Through British Eyes
  • See also "Travel," "British Colonies & Dependencies"
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    CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
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