A Year in the Home: March” from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890

March brings the third installment of our year-long series of blog posts featuring “A Year in the Home” from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890 editions.  This month Mrs. Prescott declares to be the dullest and bleakest of months, coming after all the gaiety of the previous few month’s-worth of holidays. Yet she tells us the lull and quietude of March is great for spring remaking of dresses and sewing underwear.  Then, just when we may become dull from all our work this month, out comes a creative party for light-hearted amusement, complete with prizes and “booby” prizes!  I won’t spoil the surprise for you.  Read on to learn all about the activities of March in 1890.

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Pictured above, from the upper left corner clockwise are: Lemon Cake from the White House Cookbook, a lemon basket filled with lemon curd, marzipan lemons, fresh lemonade, “Russian” tea, a lemon-seed necklace with a gilded and bronzed dried lemon, and lastly a small glass of “Ms. Wadsworth’s Lemon Liqueur.”

Have you enjoyed reading about March with its spring preparations for a busy summer and “lemon parties”?  Please let us know what you think in the comment section below.  While we wait to hear from you, I am going to start looking for a big, plump lemon!

A Year in the Home: February” from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890

This month we give you the second installment of a year-long series of blog posts featuring “A Year in the Home” from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890 editions.  This month’s article explains how to make your own valentines, who Saint Valentine was, and gives some thoughtful verses and entertaining ideas for Americans living 126 years ago to celebrate the day, including a suggested menu for a Valentines Day supper.  We hope you will enjoy reading this month’s article of “A Year in the Home: February.”

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A Year in the Home: January” from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890.

This month we begin a new year-long series of blog posts featuring “A Year in the Home” from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1890 editions.  We will be publishing the series on the first Monday of the month throughout 2016.  Each article will touch on the fashions, work, traditions and mores of Americans living 126 years ago.  We hope you will enjoy reading this series of articles as they are released once a month, just as they were when first published.  Here we give you “January.”

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