Monthly Archives: July 2016

Friendship, Love and Alcohol

Snippets 85. In the previous two posts we looked at quotes from The British Apollo, which illustrated the “agony aunt” question and answer format of the short-lived publication (more information below). Before we take a look at a different publication … Continue reading

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A Moral Dilemma

Snippets 84. In the previous post we looked at a quote from The British Apollo, which illustrated the “agony aunt” question and answer format of the short-lived publication (more information below). The following quote concerns a moral dilemma which could … Continue reading

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How to Choose a Husband

Snippets 83. Some of the most interesting magazines over the years have been frustratingly short-lived. One such example is The British Apollo, which ran for little more than 3 years, from February 1708 to May 1711. The magazines were later … Continue reading

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The End of an Era

Snippets 82.  In 1898 Daimler sold a double-decker bus to the Motor Traction Company, to be used in London. By 1910 double-decker buses were being mass produced and were becoming a common sight on the streets of London. In 1908, … Continue reading

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Hedges not Ledgers

Snippets 81.  A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt was published in 1859.  This charming book contains one chapter per month, each focussing on country life at the relevant time of the year. … Continue reading

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Old Devonshire Dialect

Snippets 80. In the mid 18th Century Mary Palmer wrote Devonshire Dialect, a work of fiction that is highly significant from an historical perspective as it offers such a valuable insight into the language of the county at the time. … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Nun

Snippets 79. The following snippet, although abridged, is a longer quote than I normally include here, but is such an interesting and heart-rending story that it is well worth a read. It is taken from an 1891 edition of Strand … Continue reading

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