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19th Century UK Periodicals Digital Archive, Part 1: New Readerships: Women’s, Children’s, Humor and Leisure/Sport

Covers British life in the Victorian age and the events, lifestyles, values, and ideas that shaped the world during this milestone period. This collection marks the advent of commercial lifestyle publishing in Britain and charts the rapid rise of modern magazine culture. Among the key themes are:

  • The political spectrum of women’s writing, from Hearth and Home to the Women’s Penny Paper, offering important evidence of women’s changing status in the 1800s
  • Satirical and comic titles, such as FunPunch, and Figaro in London, offer insight into what made people laugh during these times. The rapid increase of publications devoted to children’s entertainment and education is illustrated with Boy’s Own Paper and Good Words for the Young
  • The explosion of interest and participation in popular sports and hobbies, from gardening and horse racing to cricket, cycling, and golf

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