The Girl's Own Paper Oct 4, 1890 no. 562

You can see here my blog post introducing the 1891 Annual I bought from a charity shop and here is a summary of the first paper in the annual.

1. Chapter one of Averil, a story written by Rosa Nouchette Carey

2. An article, 'Some types of girlhood' or 'Our Juvenile spinsters' by S. F. A. Caulfeild

3. Black and White Heroism: Stories from the Abolition Crusade by Ascott R Hope

4. A poem, 'How are the lilies growing' by William Luff

5. Short story 'Little Margery'

6. An article, 'Health and the Toilet' by Medicus

7. A travel diary, 'Our Highland Holiday' by Emma Brewer

8. Varieties - a collection of short jokes, anecdotes etc.

9. Answers to Correspondents


Some words of wisdom from the 'Health and the toilet' article:

''I have been done here a fortnight <Brighton> but as of yet have not discovered a single young lady seated on the sands by the sad sea wave with Byron on her lap. Nor a married one either if you take it in that sense. Pet dogs by the dozen, but no Byron....The lays of negro minstrels hardly conduce to calmness of thought; nor do the dulcet tones of asthmatical barrel organs and wheezy concertinas accord with feelings elicited by the sound of wavelets breaking dreamily on the sea beach.''

''But though Brighton is not conducive to the growth of romance, it is a wondrously bracing and healthy some respects Brighton is also a free-and-easy kind of place, and this makes it all the more healthy and wholesome.''

''I see far fewer cases of tight-lacing here than I noticed at Scarborough, for example; consequently, there is more beauty of complexion and more ease of gait.''

''Sun-burning, however is disagreeable...I wish to show you how to avoid this. The sun altogether is not to blame; but what one eats or drinks is. If one eats meat, whether mutton or beef, on a hot sunny day, especially if a hearty meal has been partaken of, and then takes exercise in the open air, walking perhaps in a closely-fitting dress and tight shoes, the blood is sent to the head, heat from internally meets external heat, and the mischief is done and the complexion ruined for a time.''

''As to a girl's hair, great care should be taken with this portion of the toilet. What I should warn the reader against is too frequent washing or wetting of the hair. But above all, let me earnestly advise you to avoid those cosmetics and washes which we find in every hairdresser's window. Prettily got up they may be, but many a case of baldness has been engendered by their use.''

''I have already spoken of the evils of tightlacing, and maintained that no girl guilty of this folly can have a naturally good or clear complexion. But on the figure depends, to a great extent, beauty. No matter how charming in face a girl may be, if she is what her enemies would call dumpy, she - how shall I put it? Oh I have it - she does not appear to advantage when walking on ahead.''