Category: Articles

This Man is a Morphine Fiend

This Man is a Morphine Fiend

On October 26th, 2017, President Trump declared the nationwide opioid crisis in the United States a public health emergency . Alas! This news comes 120 years too late for John Richard, a Philadelphia “Morphine Fiend” whose plight is described in this article ... Read More
Mademoiselle le Normand, The Fortune Teller of Paris

Mademoiselle le Normand, The Fortune Teller of Paris

Mademoiselle Le Normand, The Fortune-Teller of Paris, as published in The National Magazine, May, 1853. Illustrated with vintage fortune-telling cards ... Read More
The Young Girl and The Young Man

The Young Girl and The Young Man

In what are known as the upper classes certain things are not “good form.” ... Read More
Funny vintage Halloween postcard illustrates apple fortune telling

Traditional Apple Fortunes

Who will you marry? Mystery solved! Just use an apple! ... Read More
The Kilbrannan Ashore

Marine Disasters on Pacific Shores

For every vessel that wears out in service and finds a well-earned haven in the “boneyard,” a hundred fall victims to the vicissitudes of the sea, often in their strength and beauty. With the original illustrations from the 1899 article ... Read More
The usual suspects.

Follow These Rules for a Successful Dinner Party

Are you inviting guests to your home for a holiday feast or party? This timely advice on dinner etiquette may help prevent “vexation of the spirit”, which is, as you surely must know, to be avoided at all costs ... Read More
Detail of a 19th Century German Toy Factory

In Toy Land: Glimpses of a Great Industry

A look into the cottage toy making industry of Europe in the 19th century from a period magazine article for children published in 1897 ... Read More
Fun Ways to Hand Out Christmas Gifts

Fun Ways to Hand Out Christmas Gifts

It undoubtedly adds to the pleasure of Christmas present-giving, and especially if there be young folks in the household, to adopt some original mode of presenting the gifts. The following suggestions as to the distribution of Christmas gifts might also be useful in connection with Sunday school or church Christmas festivals, when novelty in presentation of gifts always adds materially to the pleasure of the occasion ... Read More
Victorian Christmas Table Decorations

Victorian Christmas Table Decorations

Forget the cheap Christmas decorations! Decorate with rustic charm following Victorian era decorating tips in this vintage article from an antique book ... Read More
Couple kiss beside the Christmas tree in this antique German postcard.

How to Trim Christmas Trees in the Victorian Style

Learn how to create a Victorian style Christmas tree with this instructional article from a 19th century publication ... Read More