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Typographic Ornaments of the Girl's Own Annual: 1880 to 1905

When Fri 15 Sep 1720
Where UQAM, Cœur des sciences
Who Gillian Mothersill, Aaron Bowes
The Girl’s Own Paper was published in England between the years of 1880 and 1976 by the Religious Tract Society (later Lutterworth Press), and printed by William Clowes and Sons. Originally a penny weekly, it was later released as a monthly whose issues were assembled and bound as Girls Own Annual at year's end.. It was popular in England, and prized by residents of the Commonwealth countries. The content of monthly editions of the GOA targeted young women, and included fiction, non-fiction (cookery, household management, health, employment), contests, and the amusing and ever-popular “Advice to Correspondents”. From the first publication until 1905, the books were decorated with beautiful ornaments or “drop caps”. In this presentation we have catalogued the ornaments, investigated their use and eventual demise, and are delighted to share them with a broader audience.

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