Pussy’s Value

Taken from ‘Little Folks a Magazine for the Young’ of 1890.


‘Whatever might be the case nowadays, there was a  time when the cat was held in considerable honour in Wales. King Howel Dda,”the Good,” who died in 748, ordered that the price of a kitten before it could see was to be one penny. When it caught it’s first mouse its value became twopence, and the price was afterwards raised to fourpence. The Prince’s granary was guarded by cats, and if anyone slew or stole one of these watch-cats he was severely punished. He had either to forfeit a ewe, or to give up as much corn as would cover the cat when it was hung up by its tail.’

The Eyes of the Junk

.Taken from ‘Little Folks; the Magazine for the Young’ of 1890


‘Why a boat should have eyes is probably not quite clear to you, but the Chinese sailor thinks them absolutely necessary. So the junks of the Flowery Land all have pairs of eyes painted on the side of their bows, and the native sailor will not sail in a vessel that has not got them. “For,” quoth he, “no have yes, no can see; no can see, no can go.” While sailing up the river Pei-ho to Pekin, Bishop fowler happened to sit in a free and easy way with his legs hanging over the side of the boat so that they covered one eye. He observed that the crew grew very uneasy, but could not make out the cause of their anxiety till at last they came to him and asked him to move his legs away, as the ship could not see to go!’

Welcome to my Victorian world

Have you ever delved into those musty old tomes that can be found tucked away at the back of Great Grandma’s cupboard?

They’re well worth a quick glance if nothing else.


The old illustrations are incredible pieces of work, albeit etchings, woodcuts…many are made by top artists of the day and created by the engravers who transform them into book illustrations.

Then there are the articles…full of Victorian snippets.

A Gigantic Tree;

treeTaken from ‘The Sunday Strand’ of 1903.

‘All the men in this remarkable photograph are standing on the foot of the trunk of the biggest tree in that country of monster trees, California. It belongs to the genus Sequoia, and has just been discovered. It is computed that this tree is 4,000 years old, and it is nearly 400ft high, that is, nearly as high as the cross of St Paul’s.’

A Miniature Merry-go-Round.

Taken from ‘The Sunday Strand’ of 1903.


‘This diminutive merry-go-round appeared on the scene, drawn upon a flat waggon, at one of the many days in the country which the Fresh Air and Sunshine Funds of the well-to-do provide for children of the city poor. Don’t the little ones look happy? Even the man who turns the handle looks as though he enjoyed his labour. We take this opportunity of thanking our generous readers for their kind gifts which enable us to give many a dear little child a frolic in the country.’

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