Summer time, and the living is easy ... in Queen Victoria's day?

Do you ever wonder how folk in Victorian England spent their leisure time? Take an imaginary trip there with us and step into their shoes, through the magic of Fryer Library's collections.

Those of a scientific bent might like to build their own DIY fan, with some help from Electrical experiments : a manual of instructive amusement (1892) ...              

Electrical experiments a manual of instructive amusement / by G.E. Bonney (1892) 1  Electrical experiments a manual of instructive amusement / by G.E. Bonney (1892) - p115 1

... while would-be gamers can try their hand at one of the amusements in Everybody's book of indoor games containing the laws of the principal indoor games played by English-speaking peoples (189-). Who'd have thought that Reversi (aka Othello), a game now played as a mobile phone app, is quite so old!                                                          

 Everybody's book of indoor games containing the laws of the principal indoor games played by English-speaking peoples. / by Howe, WE (189-) 2   Reversi image (Wikimedia Public Domain) 3            

Perhaps a promenade in the park would suit you more. (Were these the beginnings of hipster fashion?!)

Follies of the year [a series of coloured etchings from Punchs pocket books - 1844-1864] / by John Leech (1868)  4

Or a game of croquet?

Follies of the year [a series of coloured etchings from Punchs pocket books - 1844-1864] / by John Leech (1868)  5

If English weather stays true to form, one may have to resort to a picnic in the drawing room…

Follies of the year [a series of coloured etchings from Punchs pocket books - 1844-1864] / by Leech, John (1868)  6

Thankfully antipodean Queensland has the bush, to which the leisure-seeker can retreat with family and friends for a REAL picnic!

Taylor Family Collection, UQFL537, box 1, image 3679_0045 7

 

Image credits

  1. Bonney, GE, 1892 - Electrical experiments : a manual of instructive amusement,  Whittaker, London.

  2. Howe, WH, 189- - Everybody's book of indoor games : containing the laws of the principal indoor games played by English-speaking peoples, Russell, London.

  3. Wikipedia Public Domain image, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Reversi#mediaviewer/File:Reversi-03.png, accessed 9/1/2015.

  4. Leech, J, 1868 - Follies of the year : series of coloured etchings from Punchs pocket books - 1844-1864 / with some notes by Shirley BrooksBradbury, Evans & Co, London.

  5. Leech, J, 1868 - Follies of the year : series of coloured etchings from Punchs pocket books - 1844-1864 / with some notes by Shirley BrooksBradbury, Evans & Co, London.

  6. Leech, J, 1868 - Follies of the year : series of coloured etchings from Punchs pocket books - 1844-1864 / with some notes by Shirley BrooksBradbury, Evans & Co, London.

  7. Three men and a lady in a bush picnic setting, [188-]-1919 (Fryer Library, Taylor Family Collection, UQFL537, box 1, image 3679_0045), available online.

Last updated:
18 January 2017