The Family Friend, offers viewers a rare glimpse into British social history during the Victorian era. The project digitized a representative sampling of articles and items found in a single issues of The Family Friend, Volume XVIII, published in 1887. The Family Friend was published on a monthly basis by S. W. Partridge and Company of London. In circulation from 1849-1921, The Family Friend was marketed as an instructional magazine for the entire family and at its height had a readership of approximately 50,000. The periodical reflects the social attitudes of the period. The content spans a range of topics from household tips and parenting advice to spiritual reflections and dramatic fiction. The format is varied as well, presenting prose, song, poetry and clothing patterns.