Weekend shopping

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Speaking of weekends, last Saturday I went to see Ms Bootznall as she had a stall at the Car Boot Market around the corner from me.  Always lots of Nanna Technology at the market, which I find rather charming.  But of course, I had to do some shopping and came home with a lovely book and some vintage playing (swap) cards.

This Girls’ Own Annual Volume 27 is a compendium of issues of a little English paper called the Girls Own Paper published in 1905/06.  Lots of Browning poetry, a series called the Hospital in the Home, serialised stories of young girls and their trials and tribulations, a Literary Club, a Musical Club,the Girls’ own Guild of Sympathy (donate your pennies), country cottages, cooking, needlework and various other uplifting and educational articles. 

It’s all a bit dry and uninspiring I must say, consider this excerpt from an piece called ‘Washing-Day’:

The family washing is, in too many households, the family problem.  When done at home, thre is, in the house-father’s opinion, one day a week of steam, discomfort, cold mutton and general topsy-turviness, with a fine crop of colds to follow, if the time be winter and the drying an indoor function.  When sent out, housemother says – and she is a good judge- there is a dim and dingy look about the got-up articles that no amount of starch and polish can hide, and alas for buttons and corners, and worn portions in general!

No, I’m not sure what they’re on about either. (My portions were feeling a bit worn just reading it.)  The rest of the article continues in a similar fashion, touches on the virtues of sending out the washing, doing your greys and flannels first, but overall seems to be a whole lot of pointless waffle.

However, the book does have a quaint charm, lots of pretty line drawings, and stylised headings.  Unfortunately it’s ripped from it’s binding, and is missing the title pages.

Also from the same stall holder, I bought some little vintage playing cards:


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