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    Sep 19, 2015

    14 Weird But Wonderful Antique Girls' Books

    A glimpse into what society thought girls should know and read.

    1. Pearls for Young Ladies

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    A victorian advice book for young girls with instruction on things like modesty, traveling, and religion.

    2. The Girl Who Kept Up

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    This 1904 book is about a girl whose beau goes away to college, leaving her behind in the country. She's ambitious, so she decides she won't be left behind intellectually and academically.

    3. Ugly-Girl Papers from Harpers Bazar

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    Apparently this is an 1870s guide to beauty and female hygiene.

    4. Polly, A New-Fashioned Girl

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    1910 young adult novel by L.T. Meade.

    5. Good Girl's Annual

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    "A Christmas and New Year's gift" book by Frances Broderip, dated 1873.

    6. Ruby's Ups and Downs

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    1917 collection of stories about the adventures of Ruby and her friend — serving as lessons girls should learn.

    7. Every Girl's Book: A Compendium of Entertaining Amusements

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    An early 1900s guide to games and amusements for the young victorian lady.

    8. Ideal Book for Girls

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    1940s collection of stories and illustrations.

    9. The Lives of Girls Who Became Famous

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    It sounds very Hollywood, but this 1920s book is a more serious collection of biographies of notable women like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, and Florence Nightingale.

    10. The Girl Through the Ages

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    A 1933 history of girlhood starting in "Babylonia and Ancient Greece" and ending in the 19th century.

    11. Bubbles: A Girl's Story

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    1897 novel by Fannie E. Newberry.

    12. Very Naughty Girl

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    A 1901 tale of, presumably, a very naughty girl? Chapters include: "Jasper to the Rescue," "A Red Gypsy Cloak," and "'Stick to Your Colors, Evelyn.'"

    13. The Girls' Empire

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    An Edwardian guide "by multiple authors on baking, athletics for girls, pets, typewriting, poetry, manners, careers, how to be strong..."

    14. What Our Girls Ought to Know

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    An 1881 guide authored by a female doctor who offers explanations of anatomy as well as how one should act.

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