Vintage holidays

The life of a society reporter
The life & times of a newspaper’s society reporter (1898)

A society reporter is expected to see ‘spacious apartments,’ ‘profusions of stately cut flowers,’ and ‘rich family plate’ – where in reality, a lilliputian parlor and dining room contain a few vases of flowers, and some highly respectable but unmistakably modern silver.

Cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes (1896)
Old-fashioned cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes

You can think of these Victorian chocolate and coffee frappe recipes as precursors to Starbucks’ Frappuccino. You can even combine a couple and make an icy mocha frap of your own, courtesy of these recipes from the 19th century!