Pictures and short extracts from Gems by the Way-side: An Offering of Purity and Truth by Mrs. L. G. Abell, author of “The Skillful Housewife,” and “Ladies’ Parlor Annual.”, New York, William Holdredge, 1850.
This little book has a mixture of goth poetry, moral tales and propagnda, short stories and the like.
This Victorian decorative border is taken from the cover of the book; it features flowers and berries. Note that it is made from eight separate pieces that you could move around if you wanted: for example, to make a square border, remove the centre pieces from ether side. The design had an extra thick rectangular box around it originally, and that [...] [more...]
Jenny Lind – Johanna Maria Lind (1820 – 1887) was a Swedish opera singer; she was called the Swedish Nightingale because of her beautiful voice. She sang in many cities in Europe, became a friend to royalty, and even went to America. She donated the proceeds of her American concerts to founding free schools in Sweden. From 1855 she lived in England, [...] [more...]
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