Today I'm offering a fantastic look at how Christmas was celebrated in 1895 with this rare issue of "The Ladies Home Journal" from December of 1895. This magazine is Volume 8, No. 1, and was published by The Curtis Publishing Company of Philadelphia, Pa., located at 421-427 Arch Street.
The magazine has 48 pages and measures 11 1/4" wide x 16 1/4" long and the address label is still found at the top of the front cover. During the 1800's Christmas was celebrated at such a high level that every page in this magazine captures what Christmas meant to both the young and old in the 19th century.
This magazine has 38 articles and stories that you'll enjoy reading over and over again. Listed below are some of the wonderful stories and crafts the entire family could make for the holidays.
1.) A poem by James Whitcomb Riley---A story by Hon Benjamin Harrison---A story by Mary E. Wilkens and part one of a story titled, "William the Conqueror by "Rudyard Kipling".
2.) These next articles found inside are, The Passion of Money---Wasting Other People's Time---The King's Daughter---A Page of Savory Puddings---French Bonbons and Chocolate Candies---Christmas Decorations---New Designs in Crochet and Knitting---New Ideas for Home Partners---Everyday Bonnets and Wraps---The Ideal Kitchen---Designs for Holiday Gowns---Musical Help and Hints---Suggestions for Mother---and Side-Talk with Girls are just a sampling of what’s found on the 68 pages.
The ads that you'll see all through the magazine are fantastic and you may enjoy seeing if these items are still being used 120 years later.
As you read through the magazine you'll see that celebrating Christmas was very special in 1895.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ to good- condition, clean and bright. The inside pages are in good condition, clean and bright.
*Covers: There is tape holding the front and back covers together, the front and back covers are not attached to the inside pages, covers have normal surface wear, and tape on the outside edges of the covers.
*Inside Pages: There is chipping and tiny to small tears along the edges and along the spine edge, 5 inside pages were taped along the spine to hold them together, some pages are not attached to other inside pages, and there is some tape on some small tears along the edges. None of the tears affect the contents of the pages.
Overall this Christmas Issue of The Ladies Home Journal is in good condition for being 120 years old.
When viewing and reading this magazine care will have to be taken. Laying the magazine on a table where the pages can be carefully turned would be the best way to look at this magazine.
**Items of interest in the year 1895: Born in 1895 were J Edger Hoover---George Halas---Babe Ruth---Shemp Howard of The Three Stooges---Jack Dempsey---Gracie Allen---Buster Keaton---and Busby Berkeley.
Inventions: Volleyball is created---Patent for the first automobile is granted---The first American football game was played in Latrobe, Pa., and the quarterback was paid $10.00---Patent for Shredded Wheat---Patent for making Peanut Butter---and the first shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii came to the United States. These are just a small sampling of what was going on in 1895.
If you collect vintage Christmas memorabilia, then this Ladies Home Journal from 1895 will be a fantastic addition to your collection. It would also make a very special Christmas gift for that special person in your life. HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas!
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