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The Victorian Working Life
This section looks at everything to do with Victorian working life, from jobs and careers for Victorian women (from frame-making to poultry-keeping), to the plight of the Victorian working girl.
- 1880 (Vol. 1) Girls' Own Paper
A look at the plight of Victorian seamstresses.
On Earning a Living
Several articles on careers "appropriate" for a well bred Victorian girl.
The Standing Evil: a Plea for Shop Girls, by Mrs. Strange Butson
An interesting little article recommending a sort of portable one-legged stool that shop-girls could "wear" to give them a chance to rest between customers.
The Working Girls of London, by Mrs. G.S. Reany
- 1880-1881 (Vol. 2) Girls' Own Paper
Gentlewomen as Dressmakers, by Elizabeth S. Lisle
Home Trades: Bookbinding, by S.F.A. Caulfield
Home Trades: Framemaking, by S.F.A. Caulfield
How to Rear Fowls
Literary Work for Girls/How to Write a Story, by an Editor's Wife
This marvelous pair of articles offers advice for writers that is as accurate today as it was more than 100 years ago!
Education: Cambridge System of Instruction by Correspondence
Examinations, and How to Prepare for Them
Instruction by Correspondence
A Talk About the Cambridge Local Examinations, by Anne Mercier
- 1881-1882 Girls' Own Paper
Girls' Work and Workshops, by Ruth Lamb
An extensive look at women's employment in 1881.
- 1882-1883 Girls' Own Paper
Female Clerkships in the Post Office
Includes information on salaries for various positions.
A Few Words on Money Matters
Higher Thoughts on Girls' Occupations: Literature, by Alice King
Higher Thoughts on Girls' Occupations: Music, by Alice King
Higher Thoughts on Girls' Occupations: Teaching the Young, by Alice King
- 1886-1887 Girls' Own Paper Every Girl a Business Woman, by James Mason
Subtitled "A Practical Guide to the World of Industry and Thrift," with loads of details on how to handle all types of "business" matters such as correspondence and money.
- 1888-1889 Girls' Own Paper
How Working Girls Live in London, by Nanette Mason
Poultry-Keeping, by Theo
Everything you needed to know about raising poultry (including an additional article on pheasants).
- 1891 The Strand
A New Industry for Ladies, by Grace Harriman
About the "Ladies' Fruit and Salad Gardens... established... to provide pleasant homes and remunerative employment for gentlewomen who have a taste for gardening and wish to add to their incomes or to earn a living."
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