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How It Was Made

One staple of Victorian magazines was the good old "How It's Made" piece. This section includes features on how various articles were made in Victorian times - and how they were made in ancient times.

See also Objects & Antiquities.


CHINA, POTTERY & CERAMICS

A Chat About China, New and Old (GOP 1886)
A history of china and pottery.
China Marks, by S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1899-1901)
China manufacturers' marks on porcelain from around the world.

FOOD & DRINK

How the World Is Provided with Sweets and Bonbons (GOP 1889)
Only a Farthing's Worth (GOP 1893)
How lollipops are made.
Our Common Salt (GOP 1888)
Our Fraternal Society, by Dora Hope (GOP 1885)
An interesting series of articles on where various cooking ingredients (including mustard, salt, chocolate, etc.) come from and how they are prepared for use.
Saccharine (GOP 1888)

PRINTING & BOOKBINDING

The Binding of a Book, by Frank Hird (GOP 1897)
Bookbinding in Olden Times (GOP 1880)
How Our Colour Plates Are Produced (GOP 1894)
The Mystic Art of Writing, or, the Dawn of Letters, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1900)
The history of writing and the alphabet.

SCENTS & PERFUMES

Attar of Roses: Origin and History of the Famous Perfume (GOP 1901)
Eau de Cologne (GOP 1890)
Flowers and Perfumes, by Gordon Stables (GOP 1885)
Fragrant Legacies, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1892)
How perfumes are made.
Lavender and Roses: A Village Industry, by Fanny L. Green (GOP 1891)
Recipes for Perfumes (GOP 1895)
Violets, Sweet Violets! by Fanny Green (GOP 1894)
How violets are made into perfume.

TEXTILES

Lace, by Mrs. Ernest Hart (GOP 1890)
A history of lacemaking and a look at modern laces, with lots of pictures and photos.
Lace-Making in the Erzegebirge, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1887)
Plain Needlework (GOP 1885)
A history of needlework and embroidery.
"She Maketh Fine Linen," by S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1882)
A history of linen manufacture.
Spanish, Greek, Maltese, Russian and Polish Laces; Irish Laces; English Laces by Mrs. Ernest Hart (GOP 1891)
A lavishly illustrated article on lacemaking around the world.

MISCELLANY

How Buttons Are Made (GOP 1887)
In Busk and Sandal (GOP 1896)
A history of shoes and shoemaking.
In the Sculptor's Studio (GOP 1894)
From the Mine to the Mint, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1897)
How coins are made at the Royal Mint in London.
The Thimble and Thimble-Makers (GOP 1887)
Violins and Mittenwald, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1889)
Womanly Weapons, by Mary Morris (GOP 1896)
On the making of pins, needles and thimbles.

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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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