Category Archives: 20th Century

The Abolition of Clapping

Snippets 180. An early name for a film camera was a “bioscope”, and the name was chosen for a film journal during the silent era of film, published in London. It ran from 1908 to 1932. On the title page of … Continue reading

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Happy New Year of Peace

Snippets 176. One hundred years ago today, when people wished each other a “Happy New Year” it was a wish for a year of peace, after the Great War that had been waged since 1914 had finally come to an … Continue reading

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The Post-War Christmas

Christmas History 38. Christmas 1918 was a time for thanksgiving, relief and perhaps taking stock, because the Great War had come to an end. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated on 9th November, and Germany had signed an armistice on 11th November. However, … Continue reading

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Acid Drops, Lemon Drops, Don’t Drops

Snippets 175.  In a previous snippet we looked at a quote from the November 1903 issue of The Talking Machine News, a monthly magazine for “users and makers of talking machines”; in other words, phonographs, or what we would now … Continue reading

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The Magic Record

Snippets 173.  In 1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.  By 1903, use of phonographs to play music had become so popular that it became viable to publish a monthly title “for users and makers of talking machines”, The Talking Machine … Continue reading

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Two Welsh Ghosts

Creepy History 56.  Happy Halloween, and I hope you have enjoyed all the “creepy history” quotes this month.  We will finish for now with two newspaper articles concerning ghostly happenings in Wales, both within a relatively short space of time.  … Continue reading

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Ghost or Imagination?

Creepy History 55.  On 26th December 1885, the following short article appeared in the Dundee Courier: A remarkable ghost story is reported from Doora, near the town of Ennis. It is asserted that a ghost appeared in the dwelling of a … Continue reading

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