Monthly Archives: June 2015

Katie’s Pick of Punch 2

This is the second in a series of selected quotes from old Punch magazines, chosen by guest blogger and Punch enthusiast Katie Marriott.  Katie has an eye for choosing the most interesting and entertaining ‘snippets’! DEAD WELLS AND DRINKING FOUNTAINS … Continue reading

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Knitting while the heads rolled (Snippets 13)

French playwright Joseph Alexandre Pierre de Ségur, the Viscount of Ségur, was imprisoned during the French Revolution.  Once the Reign of Terror was at an end, he wrote about the conduct of women in the Revolution, in Women: their Condition … Continue reading

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Edward VII and his turn-ups (Ramblings 2)

One lesser known fact about Edward VII was that he was something of a trend-setter and “invented” the trouser turn-up. For many years it had been common practice to fold up the hems of a pair of trousers when walking … Continue reading

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Journals 3.4 – A Year Abroad by Willard C. George (Part 4)

This is the final part of my article on George’s journal.  For the first, second and third parts, please see the entries posted on 15th June , 19th June and 23rd June 2015. The remainder of George’s journal takes on … Continue reading

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Shadow Tails (Ramblings 1)

Anyone who has ever watched a squirrel jumping from tree to tree will know what amazing acrobats they are, able to leap ten times their body length. They can turn their ankles 180 degrees to face any direction when they … Continue reading

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Advice for girls, 200 years ago (Snippets 12)

In the 18th and 19th Centuries there was a trend for publishing books of advice for children.  They were frequently patronising and would nowadays be considered appalingly sexist, as per Youthful Folly Detected by N.H. Walpole (Observatory Press, 1804).  The … Continue reading

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Journals 3.3 – A Year Abroad by Willard C. George (Part 3)

This is the third part of my article on George’s journal.  For the first and second parts, please see the entries posted on 15th June and 19th June 2015. In Coventry, George was once again concerned about the drinking habits … Continue reading

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