I hope you won't find me morbid but I actually find it interesting to read these bits of history from Victorian life. Many of the women were avid members of the temperance movement and worked arduously for its cause. The obituary for Sarah A. Higbee reads "She was a strong advocate of temperance and during the early history of White Hall was one of the leading women of the community in the activities to wipe out the saloons and gambling dens that were so notorious here." Click on this photo to enlarge and read some of the other Higbee obituaries if you are interested!
My most cherished Victorian finds are old magazines from that time period. A couple years ago I found two bound volumes of Golden Days for Boys and Girls magazine in wonderful condition. This was a weekly magazine of entertaining stories and articles for boys and girls published in Philadelphia from 1882 to 1890.
The articles for girls covered such topics as painting on silk and satin and tips for giving presents while the articles for boys focused on adventurous tales and lessons in activities such as fishing. I originally purchased the volumes for their beautiful illustrations of Victorian life.
Being an ardent pincushion fan, I especially enjoyed this article on making pincushions. I'm in the process of making this pea pincushion. Isn't it cute?
Here's another fun find from a few years ago. I found this old book, Little Chatterers, in an antique shop in the Twin Cities. These books can be found rather cheaply. I don't think I've paid more than $15 for a copy of Little Chatterers.
Like the Golden Days book, I bought it primarily for its wonderful illustrations. I just love these little beauties. Aren't they sweet?
What fun these children seem to be having popping corn over the fire!
So, my question for you is: Are you sentimental like the Victorians, too? I hope I'm not the only one out there who can't seem to let go of those childhood letters and other cherished memorabilia from days past.