The Girls' Own Paper, Vol 1-4 (1880-1883), Victorian Periodicals for Boys and Girls Series 1 : Victorian Periodicals for Boys and Girls Series 1 book cover
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The Girls' Own Paper, Vol 1-4 (1880-1883), Victorian Periodicals for Boys and Girls Series 1
Victorian Periodicals for Boys and Girls Series 1

Edited By

Ariko Kawabata

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ISBN 9784902454178
Published February 7, 2007 by Edition Synapse
3200 Pages

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Book Description

This facsimile reprint of the leading Victorian weekly for girls from the first to the 196th issue covering 1880 to 1883 is a complete reproduction of the original periodicals containing many illustrations (some in colour) in the original size. The texts contain a mixture of factual articles concerning history, science, religion, famous figures, and topical social changes affecting the daily lives of girls and women, as well as short stories, serialised novels, and poetry. Regular features also included fashion patterns, needlework designs, and information about or examples of recently published sheet music.

From Kimberley Reynolds’s Preface:

Sigmund Freud once asked, ‘What does a woman want?’. If he had read The Girl’s Own Paper (and he could have done since Freud briefly lived in London from 1938 until his death the following year), he would have discovered a great deal about the desires, restrictions, discourses and routines of females from the late-Victorian era through the first decades of the twentieth century. As these facsimile volumes reveal, the magazine format incorporated many voices, including those of the GOP’s numerous and varied readers, who show themselves to have been travellers, artists, scholars, and domestically minded girls and women on the one hand, and hardworking members of the servant class and newly emerging career women on the other. There are articles by readers following visits to ancient sites such as the cell in Rome where St. Paul was held, and others by contributors extolling the delights of the new sport of lawn tennis. Practical information such as advice on cooking for the poor jostles for position with beauty tips, medical information, profiles of careers for women, and literary competitions. As the following pages show, the tone of the articles ranges from the sentimental and conservative to the radical—a poem about the importance of girls’ preserving their ‘spotless innocence’ may sit alongside a forceful (though never strident) appeal for women’s capabilities and rights to be recognised and valued.

Table of Contents

Sample Contents of Issue #1 (1880)


The girlhood of Queen Victoria

The Girl’s own Alphabet

The Fashionable Costume

The Watchman’s Christmas Nights

Work for Little Hands


Our Cookery Class

A Sister’s Love

A Magical Secret

Useful Hints

Prize Competition


Sample Contents of Issue #53 (1881)

The Queen O’ The May

Double Knitting

My Work Basket

The Government of Our Country

A Letter from a Kitchen

In the Churchyard

How to Wash and Iron

Ambition : A Story in Four Chapters

What is the New Year Like Mother?

Answers to the Correspondents

The Meeting and the Parting


Sample Contents of Issue #106 (1882)

Screens and How to Make Them

Maxims for the New Year

Decima’s Promise

The Hasty Marriage a True Story for Girls

A Parable

How to Play Beethoven’s Sonatas

How to Make Jelly

A Daughter Named Damaris


Answers to the Correspondents


Sample Contents of Issue #158 (1883)

Robina Crusoe and her Lonely Island Home

The Right Way of Making Tea and Cofee

Bound to Earth

Genius or Perseverance

A Study in Grey and Gold

Exercise and How to Benefit by It

New Music

For a Little While

Laura Leigh: A Tale of High Bridge Paper Mills

Answers to the Correspondents

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Reprint supervised by Ariko Kawabata, Aichi Prefectural University

New Preface by Kimberley Reynolds, University of Newcastle, UK; President of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature