Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Kestrel, On Board Which the Reader Will in Imagination Transport Himself, Was a Very Handsomely-Built Craft (1863)

¶ The day was delicious, and the sun had not yet commenced to parch the town and citizens, and we had a pleasant little breeze. ¶ Before us was the vast Pacific, where sky and water kiss each other; and the little white-sailed bark lies in the centre of the motionless expanse, with canvas flapping from the long yards, and pitch streaming down her black hull, while the tropical sun beams fiercely over head, and the shark follows day after day, and the flying fish darts up into the still air, and the dolphin swims round and round, and the stately albatross rises on the long rolling swell: or perchance the scene changes, and a long low hull, from which arise two tall spars destitute of canvas is madly hurled along, and the waters burst over her side and run through the scupper holes to leeward; and the terrified mariners, lashed to the shrouds. gaze around while the storm-fiend exults in black waves and the sombre sky.

 “The Perilous Adventures of Stephen Houston, M.D., as Related by Himself,” The Boy’s Yearly Book, Being the Twelve Numbers of the Boy’s Penny Magazine (January – December 1863): 267.

Monday, November 23, 2015

If I Am Not Strong Enough to Leave This Place in a Few Days, I Shall Never Leave It at All (1866)

Matilda Betham Edwards, “Blanche,” Once a Week, an Illustrated Miscellany of Literature, Art, Science & Popular Information 1 (March 17, 1866): 291.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Been Dancin’ at All? (1892)

“The Dancing Man of the Period.”  Illustration by George Du Maurier, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine 86 (December 1892): 154. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

“Why Should We Watch Out for Frenchies?” Demanded Stanley, in Another Effort to Assert His Manhood (1912)

Talbot Mundy, “The Pillar of Light,” Illustration by Charles B. Falls, Everybody’s Magazine 27 (December 1912): 755.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Distinctive Difference (1911)

“The House of Kuppenheimer” advertisement, Popular Mechanics Magazine 16 (September 1911): 147.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Rather a Gorgeous Bluff, Eh, Skipper? (1898)

Cutcliffe Hyne, “The Adventures of Captain Kettle: No. VII The Pearl Poachers,” Illustrated by Stanley L. Wood, Pearson’s Magazine 5 (January 1898): 47.

Monday, November 9, 2015

He Made an Astonishing Proposal to Eustace (1905)

C. Edwardes, “The Man from Head Office,” The Quiver (Annual Volume 1905): 497.

Friday, November 6, 2015

“You Are a Good Chap to Bring Me Such a Letter,” He Said (1897)

Robert Hichens and Frederick Hamilton, “A Tribute of Souls,” Illustration by Sydney Cowell, Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine 13 (September 1897): 47.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bloyn Watches Him—Watches Him Sympathetically (1900)

George Gambell, “The Dream of His Life,” The English Illustrated Magazine 23 (May 1900): 117.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Here We Knelt among the Broken Fragments of Ice and Bathed Our Faces and Hands (1898)

Walter A. Wickoff, “The Workers—The West,” Illustration by W.R. Leigh. Scribner’s 23 (April 1898): 431.