Book: The girl's own book

by Lydia Maria Child, 1833



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The book itself is a collection of activities geared towards upper-class girls so that they may educate and amuse themselves. It includes a wide variety of content, including sheet music, song lyrics, illustrations, games, physical exercises, instructions, crafts, and advice.

It also seems as though the book was immensely popular—it was republished in both America and Europe many times and in many formats.

Source: Literary Archive

Lydia Maria Child (née Francis; February 11, 1802 – October 20, 1880) was an American abolitionist, women’s rights activist, Native American rights activist, novelist, journalist, and opponent of American expansionism.

Her most successful work was The Frugal Housewife. Dedicated to those who are not ashamed of Economy. This book contained mostly recipes, but also contained this advice for young housewives, “If you are about to furnish a house, do not spend all your money…. Begin humbly.”

Source: Wikipedia