The Delineator (July 1883)

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I purchased this Victorian era fashion magazine from a seller on Abebooks. I was very impressed with the condition it's in. Despite some foxing, the pages and cover are pretty sturdy and unmarred by bends or rodent nibbling. Unfortunately the staples that bind it were set a little too close to the text, so there isn't much margin on some of the central pages.

Because this magazine is from the middle of 1883, it falls right between the end of the natural form period and the beginning of the late bustle era. I thought it was rather amusing that there are both natural form and mildly bustled outfits sprinkled throughout it. I guess the switch over wasn't as fast as I would have imagined.

I had a bit of a fight with the color correction in my scanner software while I was scanning this magazine. I wasn't planning to correct the pages to pure white, since I don't think this looks as nice, but my settings got smashed part way though the scanning. As a result some pages are much whiter than others. In general the covers were a reddish brown and the interior pages were a soft tan/cream color.

This magazine cost me $13.50 and I spent about 7 hours scanning, resizing, and building this web page. I've managed to automate some of the image resizing using ImageMagick, which cut down on the effort required somewhat. If you enjoy this issue and feel inclined to tip me a dollar or two, I would be very grateful.

Below you will find both 300 and 150 dpi copies of the magazine pages. If you just want to read the magazine (rather than print it out) the smaller copies should work just fine. The 150 dpi images average about 350 KB per image. The 300 dpi images are a bit bigger at an average of 3.3 MB per image.

Some people have expressed an interest in page thumbnails, so I've added those in. Currently the thumbnails link to the small version of each page.

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