Monthly Archives: April 2017

Annoying Buskers

Pick of Punch 12. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 7th April 1866, and offers a stark illustration of class attitudes in the 19th Century, in particular the … Continue reading

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Marrying for Money

Snippets 114. One of my favourite ‘forgotten’ authors is Max O’Rell, a travel writer whose books are funny and readable, despite now all being well over 100 years old. His 1889 book, Jonathan and his Continent, tackled the subject of … Continue reading

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Shrieking Engines

Pick of Punch 11. This area of the blog offers a selection of interesting quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 10th March 1866, and is an excerpt from a report on the week in Parliament, concerning the dangers … Continue reading

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Gravity? Hocus-Pocus.

Snippets 113.  In Snippets 21 and 46 we looked at some of William Carpenter’s One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is not a Globe (published 1885). Amusingly, most of his ‘proofs’ can be explained away by Carpenter ignoring two simple … Continue reading

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Painted Babies

Pick of Punch 10. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 3rd March 1866. In Paris the fine ladies not merely smear themselves with rouge, but make their babies … Continue reading

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20,000 Sheep

Snippets 112. During the 19th and early 20th Centuries a sheep fair was held annually at Westbury, near Salisbury. At the tail end of the 19th Century it had become a huge affair, with nearly 100,000 sheep. In fact it … Continue reading

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Rat Attack!

Pick of Punch 9.  This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine.  The following quote is from 24th Februay 1866. We find this in the Salisbury Journal — “Early on Monday morning a young … Continue reading

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