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Victorian Articles, Poetry & Stories

The Wind and The Moon

The Wind and The Moon

by George MacDonald Said the Wind to the Moon, “I will blow you out!” You stare In the air As if crying ‘Beware,’ Always looking what I am about: I hate to be watched; I will blow you out!” The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon. So, deep On a heap Of clouds, […]

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Justice for Bluebeard

Justice for Bluebeard

A humorous Victorian article that presents the case that perhaps the murderous Bluebeard of fairy tale and legend, was the victim in a nefarious plot. Included is an illustration suggesting what could be a most thrilling tableau vivant, or possibly a unique Halloween costume. Source: Lippincott’s Magazine, 1869 Annual How the bare mention of my […]

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Maud Muller

Maud Muller

John Greenleaf Whittier, 1854. The recollection of some descendants of a Hessian deserter in the Revolutionary war bearing the name of Muller doubtless suggested the somewhat infelicitous title of a New England idyl. The poem had no real foundation in fact, though a hint of it may have been found in recalling an incident, trivial […]

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Celebrate a Victorian Easter

Easter Flowers, Illustrated Victorian Poem for Easter Time

Easter Flowers, Illustrated Victorian Poem for Easter Time

What happens to the floral decorations after the celebrations are over? Why not draw inspiration after this charming children’s poem and take them to a senior center or hospital where they may provide much needed cheer. You may also find the floral symbolism in Easter Flowers to be of interest, and may also refer to […]

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Traditional Coloring and Dyeing of Easter Eggs

Traditional Coloring and Dyeing of Easter Eggs

The coloring, decorating, and dyeing of eggs is a beautiful and fun Easter tradition that the entire family can enjoy. Before William Townley invented PAAS Easter Egg Dye tablets in 1893, the following old methods would have been used. Decorating Easter Eggs From Receipts and Remedies, Louis A. Fleming, 1908. An old and simple way […]

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Traditional Easter Sunday Dinner Menu

Traditional Easter Sunday Dinner Menu

This menu for a traditional Easter Sunday dinner is from The American Family Reciept Book, by Annie R. Gregory (Assisted by One Thousand Housekeepers). Published in the early 1900s, it gives some historical insight into the Easter holiday traditions of early 20th century America and makes a reference to the White House Easter Egg Roll. […]

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Free Printable Coloring Pages

Berkshire Pig Illustration

Berkshire Pig Illustration

This Berkshire Pig illustration for you to color is another selection from an antique coloring book called The New Model Painting Book for Young People.  Well suited for use as clip art, or save the file to print and color in whenever you get a hankering for swine. About the Berkshire Pig The Berkshire Pig is […]

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Blackcap Warbler European Song Bird Free Printable Coloring Book Page

Blackcap Warbler European Song Bird Free Printable Coloring Book Page

With a song in his heart, this blackcap warbler, a vintage coloring book illustration, is ready for eager artists to color in and enjoy. Just click on the image below for the larger printable version. Suggestions for Coloring In the Blackcap Warbler Bird Coloring Page Although I personally have never met the blackcap warbler, his […]

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Vintage Cat Art Sketch to Color In from an Antique Coloring Book

Vintage Cat Art Sketch to Color In from an Antique Coloring Book

A cat illustration for you to color in, from the pages of an antique coloring book! This free download is another page from the antique Children’s coloring book called The New Model Painting Book for Young People.  The book has many other animal illustrations for you to color or paint, and the simplicity of line […]

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Household Elegancies

Winter Needlework: Crazy Quilts and Other Patchwork

Winter Needlework: Crazy Quilts and Other Patchwork

I consider that patchwork is one of the most amusing occupations, in its present form, that can be presented to the invalid and the old, as well as to those who have an artistic eye and enjoy the arrangement of colour and the forming of pretty and original designs. The new ideas of patchwork approach […]

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DIY Taxidermy Victorian Animal Skeletons

DIY Taxidermy Victorian Animal Skeletons

Build Your Own Cabinet of Curiosities! Can you imagine a Victorian Lady tinkering around with the skeletal remains of an animal? In a slim volume published in London in the mid 1800′s called “Parlour Recreations for Ladies,” I found this interesting bit of instruction. TO OBTAIN EXQUISITE SKELETONS OF SMALL ANIMALS Put any small subject, […]

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White Window Treatments for City Windows

White Window Treatments for City Windows

In some Asian and Slavic cultures, white is considered to be a color that represents death; a feeling shared by the author of this brief article which was published in the March 1896 issue of The Ladies’ World. I personally think that white makes a nice contrast against the red brick and brownstone of Victorian […]

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Receipts and Remedies

Make Your Own Victorian Candy

Make Your Own Victorian Candy

Now is the joyous season of the year when, if you are only acquainted with the precious secret of their preparation, you can make for yourself, with ten minutes’ work, candies more delicious than were purchased at the most expensive confectioners’. The latter never have this particular sort of candies for sale, because they will […]

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Venice Seed Cake

Venice Seed Cake

by C. H. K., from The Cottage Hearth, June 1877 The accompanying illustration shows a very effective style of icing or frosting combining richness of color and contrast, yet free from any deleterious ingredient in the matter of color. Proceed as follows: Bake a pound, sponge, or any other cake, in a large shallow tin; […]

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