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In the Paper Lab, we’ve been working on a collection of “Journals of useful knowledge, romance, amusement, &c.”, but in actuality they seem to be morality themed newspapers filled with serial stories of ladies in distress and/or fallen women, swashbucklers, highwaymen, and dandies with a side of “Dear Abby”-style courtship and etiquette advice. While mending these papers, we couldn’t help but indulge in a little reading only to discover a few tidbits that might be of interest to conservators and library types.

“Beautiful, But Poor; OR, ONLY A BINDERY GIRL.” wonderfully illustrates that, in fact, some things never change.

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(Clearly not that great a binder if she’s leaning over “scattered pages”… just saying.)

A new discovery noted regarding leather bindings and gas lamps in libraries:

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And lastly, a warning to the ladies… that lovely green frock will kill you! (But really, that’s what you get for being so vain.)

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Image references:

1) Street and Smith’s New York Weekly; A Journal of Useful Knowledge, Romance, Amusement, &c.. May 13, 1878, Vol. XXXIII, No. 26.

2) Street and Smith’s New York Weekly; A Journal of Useful Knowledge, Romance, Amusement, &c.. May 13, 1878, Vol. XXXIII, No. 26.

3) Street and Smith’s New York Weekly; A Journal of Useful Knowledge, Romance, Amusement, &c.. Jan. 7, 1878, Vol. XXXIII, No. 8.

4) Street and Smith’s New York Weekly; A Journal of Useful Knowledge, Romance, Amusement, &c.. Oct. 22, 1877, Vol. XXXII, No. 49.

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