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Advice from the Attic

Discover the secrets women of the past knew… (but thought it better to forget).

Victorian Woman

Young Victorian-era women had a burgeoning business of print publications to guide their upward social mobility. Sadly, catching a wealthy husband was the fastest path to the middle class… and sometimes, it was the only one.

A generation later, flappers’ fads echoed the same emphases on beauty, charm, and etiquette – never mind the ongoing struggle for wages, votes, and property rights.

First published in 2003, Advice from the Attic presented a collection of excerpts from authentic antiquarian sources. This site offers some glimpses into these and other tidbits from the past.

(Advice from the Attic may soon be re-released with new editions.)