Victorian on the Web
Created by ggrihn on 12/3/2014 4:35:26 PM

Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn, Steampunk Chronicle literary editor.


As notes on their home page, there are other websites offering archives of Victorian magazine material. However, unlike others that have digitized entire magazines as a unit, Mostly-Victorian has broken its materials down into individual articles, which are then sorted and searchable by topic.


The topic list includes, among others:

  • Cooking and Recipes
  • Crafts, Artwork and Embroidery
  • Etiquette
  • Fashion
  • Gardening
  • Health and Medicine
  • History, Folklore and Archaeology
  • The Victorian Home - how to manage it, furnish it and decorate it
  • Holidays
  • Victorian Life, Society, Business, Law & Government
  • Victorian London
  • People - biographies of notable Victorians
  • Pets, Animals and Nature
  • Recreation - including such vital issues as "should women ride bicycles?"
  • Royalty - inside information on Queen Victoria, her family and household, as well as contemporary and historic royalty around the world
  • Servant Life
  • Social issues
  • Travel and World Cultures as seen through Victorian Eyes
  • Village and Country Life
  • Women's issues, including the changing roles of women in Victorian society, women and education, and women at work
  • Work and Working Conditions, including career options for Victorian women

And, more, sourced from The Strand, Century Magazine, Demorest, Harper's Monthly Magazine, Chatterbox, The Illustrated London Almanac, and others. The archive is also searchable by magazine title.

The recently re-launched website seems well-organized, responsive, and easy to use. The promise of 2000 articles archived with more to come seems fulfilled. This is a potentially very useful and free resource for those seeking Victorian-era source materials.

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