|Description: A beige and navy blue covered magazine entitled “Beeton’s Young Englishwoman, A Family and Household Journal”. The front cover shows a decorative design with acanthus leaves and ivy. There is a table of contents in the centre bottom of the front cover and includes ‘Good Wives, A Sequel to Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. ‘Vol. 4, 1873, No. 41, May 1, 1873’ is printed across the top of the magazine. The back cover has advertisements for starch, cocoa, cough elixir, matches and sewing machines. Inserted in the magazine is a loose pattern for various needle work projects with illustrations. There is one colour engraving showing three women in day dresses. “The Newest French Fashions modelled for The Young Englishman” is printed in black underneath the images.
History: Isabella Mary Mayson (1836-1865), married Samuel Orchard Beeton in July 1856 and shortly after began writing articles on cooking and household management for her husband's publications. Between 1859 and 1861 she wrote a monthly supplement for “The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine” and these supplements were subsequently published in a book entitled “The Book of Household Management “. This book was considered essential to running a Victorian era household and included advice on everything from fashion to child-care and religion to industrialism. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Beeton.