Monthly Archives: November 2015

George II: “never mind the crash, send me a billion” (Snippets 45)

In 1746, William Pulteney, Earl of Bath, became Prime Minister.  He held the post for a grand total of two days.  Admittedly, this is debatable as strictly speaking there was no official office of Prime Minister at the time, but … Continue reading

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Dandyfunk and Slumgullion (Guest Post 9)

The following guest post article has been kindly contributed by Geoffrey A. Pocock, author of Outrider of Empire: The Life and Adventures of Roger Pocock (University of Alberta Press) and One Hundred Years of the Legion of Frontiersmen (currently out … Continue reading

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The Fake Shipwreck (Snippets 44)

In 1831 an exciting account of a shipwreck was published by ‘editor’ Miss Jane Porter.  The only survivors were a husband and wife and their dog, who survived by a lucky set of circumstances: One of the men said we … Continue reading

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Drunk Driving in the 19th Century (Snippets 43)

In the first ever ‘Snippets’ article on Windows into History, Lovely View, Shame About the Corpse I included a quote from the first volume of The Autobiography of a Stage-Coachman, by Thomas Cross, published in three volumes by Hurst and Blackett … Continue reading

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Slang in the 1850s (Snippets 42)

In 1859, The Vulgar Tongue was published, written by Ducange Anglicus.  This is clearly a pseudonym, but the author’s real identity is unknown.  The book is subtitled A Glossary of Slang, Cant, and Flash Words and Phrases, Used in London, … Continue reading

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The Scandal of Spinsterhood (Snippets 41)

In 1726 a series of unusual books were published, titled The British Apollo, which contained ‘two thousand answers to curious questions in most arts and sciences, serious, comical, and humorous, approved of by many of the most learned and ingenious … Continue reading

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Survival for Travellers, Edwardian Style (Guest Post 8)

The following guest post article has been kindly contributed by Geoffrey A. Pocock, author of Outrider of Empire: The Life and Adventures of Roger Pocock (University of Alberta Press) and One Hundred Years of the Legion of Frontiersmen (currently out … Continue reading

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