Monthly Archives: August 2015

Journals 7.3 – A Journey to Central Africa by Bayard Taylor (Part 3)

This is the continuation of my article on Taylor’s journal.  For the previous parts, please see the entries posted on 22nd and 26th August 2015. During his visit to Egypt, Taylor met some of the foremost scholars and archaeologists at … Continue reading

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The Psychic with X-Ray Vision (Snippets 28)

In 1850, the fishily named Joseph Haddock wrote Psychology, or the Science of the Soul, which focussed chiefly on mesmerism.  There is also a chapter on “Clairvoyance as applied to physiology and medicine”.  I will leave readers to draw their … Continue reading

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Journals 7.2 – A Journey to Central Africa by Bayard Taylor (Part 2)

This is the second part of my article on Taylor’s journal.  For the first part, please see the entry posted on 22nd August 2015. The most important destination for most travellers to Egypt was the first stopping point on the … Continue reading

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Defects of Beauty (Snippets 27)

In 1836, a Scottish physiologist named Alexander Walker published a book called Beauty, subtitled illustrated chiefly by an analysis and classification of beauty in women.  The book examines every aspect of the female form and characteristics, in minute detail, giving … Continue reading

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Journals 7.1 – A Journey to Central Africa by Bayard Taylor (Part 1)

Bayard Taylor was a successful American poet, who used his earnings from his poetry to fund travels in Europe in the late 1840s. He wrote about his experiences, and his articles were published in the Tribune, the Saturday Evening Post … Continue reading

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Deadly Toothpaste (Snippets 26)

Toothpaste dates back to Greek and Roman times, and for the first two thousand years of its history tended to be rather nasty, abrasive stuff.  It was not until late in the 19th Century that anything was formulated that could … Continue reading

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Journals 6.3 – Excursion to Guernsey and Jersey, 1834 (Part 3)

The following is a continuation of my essay on an anonymous, unpublished journal, which began with Excursion to Scotland.  For the previous parts, please see the earlier entries from 10th and 14th August 2015. Accompanying the Excursion to Scotland, there … Continue reading

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