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September 15, 2011

Colonial Pastimes and Amusements For Girls of the 1830's

This is a cute little book called "The American Girl's Book" by Eliza Leslie, written
in the year 1831. It was written to amuse and teach young girls of the times with sports
and pastimes, plays, card games, "amusing work"-Pincushions (one of prim stitchers' favorites)
needlebooks (another stitchery favorite), reticules, variety (as far as I can tell, miscel-
laneous household items).

Another cute idea in the "Amusing Work" chapter is this Wineglass Pincushion:

Another cutie for young girls to craft:

Very sweet pincushions, so different from today's favored designs.
And finally, my favorite, a Common Linen Doll, "to answer every purpose
for very small children".

I hope you enjoyed this peek into the times of the 1830's for children's amusements.

Goodnite, Primmies


Lori Ann Corelis said...

Thank you for sharing!!
QUite fun!


Susan said...

Lori, hi and thanks for posting. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. I love these old books,
they are so much fun and sometimes you can actually make things from them when you can understand the terms! They had quite a few different sewing terms and fabric types so you have to look them up on
Warm Regards,

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