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Another Coronation Long, Long Ago

While working on completing the photographic cataloging of the Museum's Collection, I enjoyed reading through three Edwardian Era magazines titled "The Ladie's Home Journal".

"The Ladie's Home Journal" first published on February 16, 1883, was a trendsetting publication for women's magazines. It was originally started as a women's supplement to the "Tribune and Farmer" (1879-1885) but proved so popular it became a self-standing or independent publication in 1884.

The "Journal" contained literary works, fashions (images, patterns, accessories, et al for women and children), needlework examples and patterns, household advice and helpful tips, gardening articles, child-rearing columns, health care for women and children, and many other articles and items of interest for the women of that period. Often, these women were in charge of running a large home, and most likely a passel of children. The advertisements in these issues are frequently works of art, but, always interesting.

This is one of the monthly Ivory Soap ads selected from art submitted by "Journal" readers.

I imagine it would be lovely in color. Unfortunately, while the soft cover exteriors are in color, the magazine interior is black and white.

This issue for June 1902, contained an article titled "What the Coronation Means" by Blanche W. Fischer. With the May 6th coronation of King Charles, III having occurred not too long ago (May 6, 2023), I thought it might be interesting to some of our readers.

The article explained the meanings of the various items used during a royal coronation as well as each of the "costumes" (what they called clothing worn for a specific event).

Here's an image of the page:

The headings of the article read: "The Crowning is in Westminster Abbey", "The Oath the Sovereign Takes", "The Same Chair in Use Since 1272", "Three Symbols Presented to the King", "The Design of the Modern Crown", and "All the Costumes Mean Something".

The covers of the other two "Journal" we have:

March 1902

October 1906


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