Yesterday, I planned for a relaxing day. I cleared my schedule, left the cottage untidy and went antiquing for half a day with my future mother-in-law, Sra. M. Oh my goodness! We went to more than half a dozen shops and I wanted EVERYTHING! I was restrained from the fact most of the stores did not accept anything but cash or check, as well as the fact I did not have space in my home for all the things I desired. She and I surmised we would just need to buy another house.–It seems like a legitimate alternative.
I did not leave empty handed. No, sir. We struck gold! On a lark, there was a box of magazines and papers on the floor underneath a beautiful roll top desk. There buried a inch down was . . . The Standard Designer June 1896. A 199 year old fashion magazine! FULL of lithographs! My heart stopped. I could not breathe. Sra. M told me to calm down and she would take care of it. It is not in the best shape and, horror of horrors, some child used the pages as a coloring book! I nearly died. Regardless, we purchased it for $10. Ten bucks?! For a 200 year old periodical chock full of lithographs of Victorian fashion!–I AM TOTALLY GEEKING OUT RIGHT NOW!!!!
–Ahem. *collects herself*smooths skirt down to a more respectable level of dishevelment*–
Here are a few pictures of the periodical, because it needs to be shared. I cannot keep such fan-tab-ulous-ness to myself!
More pictures will come throughout the year, as I am going to take it to my friend who is the director of the local historical society and ask how to preserve it.