Gems by the Way-Side: An Offering of Purity and Truth
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.
Early Victorian Border from Book Cover
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 - The Swedish Nightingale
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...]
The Last of their Race
A family of First Nations (Native) people at the shore, including two men, two women and an infant. The picture is fanciful: headdresses and other regalia weer not generally worn lightly, and were [...] [more...]
It is the home comforts and fireside virtues
A lady—we may assume the mother—sits on a couch, or chaise-longue, with a girl on her lap and another against her shoulder; a boy sits next to her with a picture-book. In the background, two men [...] [more...]
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