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Victorian Leisure: Games

Special Collections has just digitized a set of books of games from Victorian England. From charades and riddles to group party games and homemade toys, these books illustrate the types of home-based entertainment which were popular among children and adults in the 19th century. Find and try a game your ancestor might have played, or …

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The Victorian “Shilling Shocker”

The Victorian period saw a huge growth in literacy in the British Isles. In 1841, around 2/3 of adult men were literate and 1/2 of adult women were literate. By the end of the century, literacy was almost universal, with 97% of all adults able to read. As the lower classes joined the ranks of …

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New acquisitions: literature by women

For Women’s History month, today’s post features some of our newest literary acquisitions by women authors, across several genres, from Victorian sensation fiction to the how-to book. VICTORIAN NOVELS Harriet Rakes, The Marriage Contract. London, 1849. Call number: Victorian Collection PR 5205 .R68 M3 1849 Elizabeth Missing Sewell, Ivors, or The Two Cousins. London, 1856. …

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Comics & Victorians

The library’s newest exhibit, “Comics & Mormons,” features 20th and 21st century examples of comics and graphic novels from Special Collections, but hidden among the rare book collections are older comics from the 19th century.  This post features one of the first British comic strips, “Ally Sloper.” The recurring character “Ally Sloper” first appeared in …

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Victorian Book of the Month: May flowers edition

Floriology, also called flower language or flower symbolism, was popular during the Victorian period. Sentiments were attached to specific varieties and colors of flowers, so that giving or wearing flowers was a way to send a symbolic message. A number of books on the flower language were published throughout the Victorian period. Some even included …

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