Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Lady’s New Years Gift, 1688 (Snippets 47)

George Savile, the Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) was a member of the House of Lords, with a distinguished political career and a few publications under his belt when, in 1688, he departed from his political writings to pen a simple … Continue reading

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Our Flat Earth Revisited (Snippets 46)

One of the most popular “snippets” on Windows into History so far has been  Our Flat Earth (Snippets 21), which looked at some of William Carpenter’s One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is not a Globe (published 1885).  So here … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas from Windows into History

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” (Marjorie Holmes). Happy Christmas, and I hope you enjoyed the Christmas History series over the last 24 days.  Normal service will be resumed in a couple of days, with some “Snippets” to end the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message (Christmas History 24)

Mary Virginia Terhune was a prolific writer of women’s fiction, under the pen name Marion Harland.  She had a remarkably writing career, spanning over 70 years, with her first articles published during her teenage years in the 1840, and her … Continue reading

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Noel in Paris (Christmas History 23)

Uncle John Upon His Travels is a collection of letters written to children from a European tour, published in 1870, and compiled and introduced by “Aunt Esther” (John and Esther Smith).  One of the letters was written from Paris on … Continue reading

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The Six-Foot Christmas Crackers (Christmas History 22)

The Strand Magazine ran from 1891 to 1950, and in the early years in particular the December issue was a particular treat, packed full of Christmassy goodness.  The first of these, Issue 12 from December 1891, included an article about … Continue reading

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Mince Pies, Plum Pudding and Bustards (Christmas History 21)

A travel journal was published in 1910, titled Winter Wanderings, by A. Per Lee Pease, M.D.  This was Dr Abraham PerLee Pease (1847-1926), son of Anson Pease and Eliza Pease (nee PerLee).  The volume collects his articles in The Pittsburgh Dispatch, … Continue reading

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