A rough translation, compliments of Google Translate and my own logic…

Fashion for the homemaker:

Alexis Dress (in the Polish style) / The front and sides are one piece. From the back waist falls a full puff that ends with a smooth hem finish. Lace at the bottom of the front. Lace or fringe trim. The skirt is overlaid with velvet strips of a different colour.

Genevieve Tunic  / Tunic or skirt can be made in assorted fabrics. It can be garnished with pleats or with fringes.

Rosamond Coat / Easy to make Overcoat . Plain cloth with flat trim, or rich braid, or fringe overlay. Lace and passementerie go well with velvet. A silk rope goes well with velveteen

Fleda sleeve / Trimmed with self or same coloured ribbon loops. Frills can be replaced by passementerie.

Rosetta Sleeve / Lace with black ribbon.

What else can I tell you? I know that this issue of Album de la Minerve, published in January of 1872, was the first, as it says right in it, Volume 1, Number 1, but I don’t know if the July 1874  issue, Volume 3, Number 28, was the last: it’s the last one I can find, and even the library has a question mark next to the date, and as there does not seem to be any information about the publication’s story anywhere else that I have looked, so far, and I want this post to run today, I will guess that it is.

I am not a bi-lingual Canadian and as this publication is in French, I have to rely on Google translate to give me a rough translation of what the text I am looking at says, and then with some more guess work I have to try to ascertain what it is really saying. (Hmm, message to self, maybe I should take French lessons.) All I can come up with are the above general descriptions. There is no information before or after the images, I translated them as well, as to where someone could buy the garments, or if a pattern is available, and so guessing again, the magazine is showing the latest styles so that the homemaker /dressmaker, can use the images as guides, in making one themselves.

I do know that the Quebec newspaper, La Minerve, was first published in Quebec in 1826 and from 1827, until 1837, and again from 1842 to May 27, 1899 and was owned by Ludger Duvernay, and that Joseph Tasse, was one of it editors from 1868 – 1895 approximately. This leads me to my last guess, which is, that as Tasse did some writing for Album de la  Minerve and as Duvernay, Freres & Dansereau are listed as the editors and proprietors, that the magazine was designed as the daily newspapers monthly literary offshoot designed with something to enlighten every family member.

I don’t like guessing. Hopefully my logic is correct. I leave the rest up to you…

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