Food History: Victorian Recipe for Anise Cake (Young Ladies' Journal, February 1, 1898)


A Victorian recipe for anise cake from the February 1, 1898 issue of The Young Ladies' Journal. If you would like to download a high-recolution 4" x 4" @ 300 ppi copy of the printable recipe to use as a gift tag or novelty invitation card, you can click here.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies in Spring Walking Dresses 1 (La Mode Illustreé, March 14, 1886)


Two Victorian ladies in walking dresses for the Spring. Both outfits (a stylish military-style on the left; a wool and muslin ensemble on the right) were supplied by Mme. Coussinet, located at rue Richer, 43 in Paris. This black and white illustration was originally published in the March 14, 1886 issue of La Mode Illustrée. If you like, you are welcome to download the high-res JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion: Steampunk-Worthy Promenade Costume (Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, January 1875)


A black and white fashion engraving from the January 1875 edition of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine. The following is a description from the publication:

Nos. 1 and 2 gives a front and back view of a promenade costume. The skirt is of black gros-grain silk, and is trimmed with a deep box-plaited flounce, each plait ornamented with a band of ribbon velvet. The overskirt is of gray cashmere, very long at the back, and undraped and arranged in a triple box-plait, which is sewed into the waistband, and the plaits laid evenly the full length of the skirt, and tacked in several places on the side, to keep them in position. The front is pointed, and is closed by buttons and buttonholes after being trimmed with a band of velvet, the trimming extending around the lower edges, and also up the centre of the back-breadths. Close-fitting basque-corsage, also of cashmere, belted at the waist, and trimmed with velvet to correspond with the overskirt, both the front and back of the corsage having a band of velvet laid evenly with those on the skirt, and ornamented with buttons. A sleeveless close-fitting jacket is added, made of black velvet, closed at the neck only, immediately under the standing collar. The amount of material required is twelve yards of black gros-grain silk, six yards of double-fold cashmere, and three yards of velvet. Black velvet hat, decorated with feathers and gros-grain ribbons, intermixed with velvet. To download the high-res 4" x 5" @ 300 ppi JPEG of the image above without a watermark, please click here.

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Victorian Fashion: Ladies Redecorating in At-Home Dresses (La Mode Illustreé, January 24, 1886)


Two Victorian ladies in their at-home dresses (plush purple with white speckles on the left, and of a luxurious vicuña on the right), discussing a wallpaper sample for the drawing room. This black and white illustration was originally published in the January 24, 1886 issue of La Mode Illustrée. To download the high-res JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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