Butterflies and canaries

In recent posts, we have considered some of the many subjects covered by just one issue of a publication produced for boys in 1863. Besides stories, learning to swim and becoming a boy soldier, there were also articles relating to the natural world.

One featured butterflies and moths, how to tell them apart, how to breed them and preserve them.

This issue of the Boys Journal also gave information on keeping canaries and how to house them, breed them and keep on top of their ailments.

Whilst this magazine was not specific to the history of Market Lavington, it does give an indication of what might have been the interests of local boys well before the days of television and social media.

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