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The Making of  Homemaker
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This front cover of
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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume I, 1894.

About this image: This front cover of "The Woman's Book" hints at the vast array of topics described within.
Subjects: The Woman's Book


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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume I, 1894.

Image Caption: "A Summer Gown"
Subjects: The Woman's Book ; Fashion


Fashionable Fans
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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume I, 1894.

About this image: Fashionable Fans
Subjects: The Woman's Book ; Fashion


In order to learn how to keep a hygienic home, it was often necessary to understand the science behind it.
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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume I, 1894.

About this image: In order to learn how to keep a hygienic home, it was often necessary to understand the science behind it.

Image Caption: "Bacteria highly magnified"
Subjects: The Woman's Book ; Care of the sick ; Care of the house


The lady of the house could use this exemplary group of iris as a guide when picking flowers.
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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume II, 1894.

About this image: The lady of the house could use this exemplary group of iris as a guide when picking flowers.

Image Caption: "A Group of Iris"
Subjects: The Woman's Book ; Care of the house


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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume II, 1894.

Image Caption: "A Country House Dining Room"
Subjects: The Woman's Book ; Care of the house ; Decorating


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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume II, 1894.

About this image: "The Woman's Book" encouraged women to endorse causes such as the newly formed kindergartens, early schooling for lower class children.

Image Caption: "Kindergarten Children"
Subjects: The Woman's Book ; Raising children


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Book: The Woman's Book, Volume II, 1894.

Image Caption: "Representative China"
Subjects: The Woman's Book ; Dining

Lyman Abbott
Cover
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896.

About this image: Cover
Subjects: The House and Home

Lyman Abbott
Women of the Victorian era could use their love of decoration to supplement their household income by designing things like book covers.
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896.

About this image: Women of the Victorian era could use their love of decoration to supplement their household income by designing things like book covers.
Subjects: The House and Home ; Decorating

Lyman Abbott
The modern convenience of an electric kitchen became popular among those with access to electricity and the income to afford it.
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896.

About this image: The modern convenience of an electric kitchen became popular among those with access to electricity and the income to afford it.

Image Caption: "An Electric Kitchen"
Subjects: The House and Home ; Care of the house

Lyman Abbott
Two illustrations to help understand the use of
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896.

About this image: Two illustrations to help understand the use of "line" in fashions of the day.

Image Caption: "Perpendicular Lines, 1889 and Horizontal and Oblique Lines, 1894"
Subjects: The House and Home ; Fashion

Lyman Abbott
Illustrated here is the first step in efficiently making a bed.
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896.

About this image: Illustrated here is the first step in efficiently making a bed.

Image Caption: "Fig. 1."
Subjects: The House and Home ; Care of the house ; Care of the sick

Lyman Abbott
The final steps of proper bedmaking
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896.

About this image: The final steps of proper bedmaking

Image Caption: "Fig. 2., Fig. 3. and Fig. 4"
Subjects: The House and Home ; Care of the house ; Care of the sick

Lyman Abbott
To occupy small children, a simple drawing would be given for them to outline in yarn.  This particular drawing would be given to young lower class students to celebrate the founder of the kindergarten movement. Kindergartens became a popular cause for upper class ladies.
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896.

About this image: To occupy small children, a simple drawing would be given for them to outline in yarn. This particular drawing would be given to young lower class students to celebrate the founder of the kindergarten movement. Kindergartens became a popular cause for upper class ladies.

Image Caption: "Card Issued to Scholars on Froebel's Birthday, In Memory of the Father of the Kindergarten."
Subjects: The House and Home ; Raising children

Lyman Abbott
A suggested country house plan with cost
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume II, 1896.

About this image: A suggested country house plan with cost

Image Caption: "Front Elevation"
Subjects: The House and Home ; Care of the house

Lyman Abbott
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume II, 1896.

Image Caption: "Some Good Stencil Forms; designed by the Tiffany Co. The two lower right-hand basket-weave patterns are intended to be repeated to cover the wall surface entirely, the other designs at intervals depending on size of stencil and length of wall."
Subjects: The House and Home ; Decorating

Lyman Abbott
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Book: Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume II, 1896.

Image Caption: "A Good Plan for Cut Glass"
Subjects: The House and Home ; Decorating

Mrs. Lydia Green Abell
This frontispiece from Mrs. Lydia Abell's ladies guide,
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Book: Mrs. Lydia Green Abell, The Skillful Housewife’s Book: or Complete Guide to Domestic Cookery, Taste, Comfort and Economy, 1853.

About this image: This frontispiece from Mrs. Lydia Abell's ladies guide, "The Skillful Housewife's Book", depicted many duties of the nineteenth century homemaker.
Subjects: The Skillful Housewife's Guide ; Dining ; Raising children

Mrs. Lydia Green Abell
The title page of
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Book: Mrs. Lydia Green Abell, The Skillful Housewife’s Book: or Complete Guide to Domestic Cookery, Taste, Comfort and Economy, 1853.

About this image: The title page of "The Skillful Housewife's Book"
Subjects: The Skillful Housewife's Guide

Mrs. Lydia Green Abell
This interesting page prescribed household remedies for various poisons, including lead and opium.
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Book: Mrs. Lydia Green Abell, The Skillful Housewife’s Book: or Complete Guide to Domestic Cookery, Taste, Comfort and Economy, 1853.

About this image: This interesting page prescribed household remedies for various poisons, including lead and opium.

Image Caption: "A Few Choice Medical Recipes"
Subjects: The Skillful Housewife's Guide ; Care of the sick

Mrs. Lydia Green Abell
In the frontispiece from Mrs. Lydia Abell's
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Book: Mrs. Lydia Green Abell, Woman in her various relations; containing practical rules for American females, 1853.

About this image: In the frontispiece from Mrs. Lydia Abell's "Woman in her Various Relations", a lovely picture is presented of proper ladies relaxing at home, watching over the hearth and children.
Subjects: Woman in her various relations

Mrs. Lydia Green Abell
The title page from
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Book: Mrs. Lydia Green Abell, Woman in her various relations; containing practical rules for American females, 1853.

About this image: The title page from "Woman in her various relations" emphasizes the sanctity of motherhood.
Subjects: Woman in her various relations ; Raising children

Catharine Beecher
A butchery chart from
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Book: Catharine Beecher, Miss Beecher's domestic receipt-book: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy, 1865.

About this image: A butchery chart from "Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book"

Image Caption: "Fig. 1. and Fig. 2."
Subjects: Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book ; Dining

Catharine Beecher
Miss Beecher recommends several beverages for the ill.
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Book: Catharine Beecher, Miss Beecher's domestic receipt-book: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy, 1865.

About this image: Miss Beecher recommends several beverages for the ill.

Image Caption: "Food and Drink for the Sick"
Subjects: Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book ; Dining ; Care of the Sick

Catharine Beecher
This contraption, when filled with water, would provide relief to those ailing from ulcers or bedsores. Catharine Beecher suggested that every town have one to rent to those who needed it.
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Book: Catharine Beecher, Miss Beecher's domestic receipt-book: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy, 1865.

About this image: This contraption, when filled with water, would provide relief to those ailing from ulcers or bedsores. Catharine Beecher suggested that every town have one to rent to those who needed it.

Image Caption: "Fig. 5."
Subjects: Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book ; Care of the Sick

Catharine Beecher
A home-made wheelchair
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Book: Catharine Beecher, Miss Beecher's domestic receipt-book: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy, 1865.

About this image: A home-made wheelchair

Image Caption: "Fig. 6."
Subjects: Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book ; Care of the Sick

Catharine Beecher
Here, Beecher not only diagrammed proper place settings, but an appropriate menu as well.
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Book: Catharine Beecher, Miss Beecher's domestic receipt-book: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy, 1865.

About this image: Here, Beecher not only diagrammed proper place settings, but an appropriate menu as well.

Image Caption: "Fig. 7. and Fig. 8."
Subjects: Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book ; Dining; Etiquette

Catharine Beecher
A closet for house cleaning supplies
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Book: Catharine Beecher, Miss Beecher's domestic receipt-book: designed as a supplement to her Treatise on domestic economy, 1865.

About this image: A closet for house cleaning supplies

Image Caption: "Fig. 13."
Subjects: Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book ; Care of the home

Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton
A Victorian wife and mother  finds a bit of rest and relaxation in the library.
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Book: Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton, Home Dissertations, 1890.

About this image: A Victorian wife and mother finds a bit of rest and relaxation in the library.
Subjects: Home Dissertations

Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton
Suggestions for home decoration from the author of
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Book: Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton, Home Dissertations, 1890.

About this image: Suggestions for home decoration from the author of "Home Dissertations".

Image Caption: "Art at Home"
Subjects: Home Dissertations ; Decorating

Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton
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Book: Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton, Home Dissertations, 1890.

Image Caption: "'Eat at your own table as you would that of a king' said Confucius"
Subjects: Home Dissertations ; Dining

Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton
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Book: Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton, Home Dissertations, 1890.

Image Caption: "Table Rules for Little Ones"
Subjects: Home Dissertations ; Dining ; Raising children ; Etiquette

Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton
An assemblage of household necessities is followed by a poem emphasizing the importance of fine meals.
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Book: Mrs. E. Stevens Tilton, Home Dissertations, 1890.

About this image: An assemblage of household necessities is followed by a poem emphasizing the importance of fine meals.

Image Caption: "'Where is the Man that Can Live without Dining?'"
Subjects: Home Dissertations ; Dining ; Care of the house

John Henry Walsh
Title page
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Book: John Henry Walsh, A Manual of Domestic Economy, 1874.

About this image: Title page
Subjects: A Manual of Domestic Economy

John Henry Walsh
A Victorian woman with a green thumb often cultivated her own flowers and plants for use as decoration.
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Book: John Henry Walsh, A Manual of Domestic Economy, 1874.

About this image: A Victorian woman with a green thumb often cultivated her own flowers and plants for use as decoration.

Image Caption: "Fern Culture for Decorative Purposes"
Subjects: A Manual of Domestic Economy ; Care of the house ; Decorating

John Henry Walsh
A tasteful decorating scheme
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Book: John Henry Walsh, A Manual of Domestic Economy, 1874.

About this image: A tasteful decorating scheme

Image Caption: "Chimney Breast of Back Drawing Room"
Subjects: A Manual of Domestic Economy ; Decorating

John Henry Walsh
A well set table was a sign of a well kept home.
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Book: John Henry Walsh, A Manual of Domestic Economy, 1874.

About this image: A well set table was a sign of a well kept home.

Image Caption: "Modified Dinner A La Russe, Set Out For Eight"
Subjects: A Manual of Domestic Economy ; Dining

John Henry Walsh
Displayed here are some of the more specialized tools used in ironing clothes.
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Book: John Henry Walsh, A Manual of Domestic Economy, 1874.

About this image: Displayed here are some of the more specialized tools used in ironing clothes.
Subjects: A Manual of Domestic Economy ; Care of the house

John Henry Walsh
Mothers found the perambulator a great aid while raising small children.
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Book: John Henry Walsh, A Manual of Domestic Economy, 1874.

About this image: Mothers found the perambulator a great aid while raising small children.
Subjects: A Manual of Domestic Economy ; Raising children

Thomas Webster
The comprehensive title page of Thomas Webster's
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Book: Thomas Webster, An Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy, 1845.

About this image: The comprehensive title page of Thomas Webster's "Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy"
Subjects: Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy

Thomas Webster
Displayed here are several column orders for wealthier homes.
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Book: Thomas Webster, An Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy, 1845.

About this image: Displayed here are several column orders for wealthier homes.

Image Caption: "On the Various Styles of Architecture (Fig. 1. through Fig. 6.)"
Subjects: Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy ; Care of the home

Thomas Webster
A display of several types of tea kettles along with advice in choosing one.
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Book: Thomas Webster, An Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy, 1845.

About this image: A display of several types of tea kettles along with advice in choosing one.

Image Caption: "On Tea"
Subjects: Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy ; Dining

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