~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880

~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864via Open Library

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864
via Open Library

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864via Open Library

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, a Guide and Manual for Ladies, by Eliza Leslie, 1864
via Open Library

~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880Geek Note: a “Boy’s Paper”, or “Penny Dreadful”, was the popular name for fiction published on cheap pulp paper and aimed primarily at working class adolescent boys. It was usually overdramatic and full of unlikely feats of heroism and derring-do. One of the most popular characters to come out of the penny dreadfuls was Jack Harkaway, Schoolboy Adventurer. You can read one of the Jack Harkaway adventures at Project Gutenburg, or download it complete with illustrations. It should be noted that Questionable Advice cannot be held responsible for any acts of highway robbery you may commit under the influence of this story.Extra Geeky Note: dedicated Dr. Who fans may recall that the Master of the Land of Fiction was the “writer of 'The Adventures of Captain Jack Harkaway' in The Ensign, a magazine for boys.”

~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880



Geek Note: a “Boy’s Paper”, or “Penny Dreadful”, was the popular name for fiction published on cheap pulp paper and aimed primarily at working class adolescent boys. It was usually overdramatic and full of unlikely feats of heroism and derring-do. One of the most popular characters to come out of the penny dreadfuls was Jack Harkaway, Schoolboy Adventurer. You can read one of the Jack Harkaway adventures at Project Gutenburg, or download it complete with illustrations. It should be noted that Questionable Advice cannot be held responsible for any acts of highway robbery you may commit under the influence of this story.

Extra Geeky Note: dedicated Dr. Who fans may recall that the Master of the Land of Fiction was the “writer of 'The Adventures of Captain Jack Harkaway' in The Ensign, a magazine for boys.”

~ A Child’s Guide to Reading, by John Macy, 1909

~ A Child’s Guide to Reading, by John Macy, 1909

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925via Internet Archive

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925
via Internet Archive

~ What Shall I Eat? The Housewife’s Manual, by Miss E. Neill, 1892
~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880"All sympathy for real suffering is dead and buried, by novel reading. It is the natural fruit."

~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880

"All sympathy for real suffering is dead and buried, by novel reading. It is the natural fruit."

~ The Duties of a Ladies’ Maid; with Directions for Conduct, and Numerous Receipts for the Toilette, James Bulcock, 1825

~ The Duties of a Ladies’ Maid; with Directions for Conduct, and Numerous Receipts for the Toilette, James Bulcock, 1825

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925via Internet Archive

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925
via Internet Archive

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925via Internet Archive

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925
via Internet Archive

ofpaperandponies:

cabbagingcove:

What a mass of filthy, exciting, poisonous matter is printed these days. Boys, beware!
[A Boy at Fifteen: Before and After, 1903]

“Exciting” literature: leading boys astray since 1436.

ofpaperandponies:

cabbagingcove:

What a mass of filthy, exciting, poisonous matter is printed these days. Boys, beware!

[A Boy at Fifteen: Before and After, 1903]

“Exciting” literature: leading boys astray since 1436.

(via my-ear-trumpet)

~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880

~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925via Internet Archive

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925
via Internet Archive

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925via Internet Archive

~ The Guide to Reading (The Pocket University, Vol. XXIII), 1925
via Internet Archive