Category Archives: 20th Century

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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The Moving Bedstead

Creepy History 52.  Today’s tale of the unexplained is taken from Norfolk News, 31st May 1902, and concerns an alleged haunting in King’s Lynn.  It caused such a stir that several hundred people were turning up every night, and staying … Continue reading

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A Real Ghost and a Fake Ghost

Creepy History 51.   For today’s “creepy history” let’s take a look at two different quotes about ghostly visitors, both taken from newspaper articles.  The first is from the Edinburgh Evening News, Friday 22nd December 1876, and concerns an alleged haunting … Continue reading

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Australian Adages, 1903

Snippets 170.  It has been fascinating reading How to Make and Save Money, a book of useful household advice published in Australia in 1903.  We have quoted some of the useful (and bizarre) advice in previous snippets, and last week … Continue reading

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Australian Etiquette, 1903

Snippets 169.  In 1903 a book of useful household advice was published in Australia, How to Make and Save Money.  There is a lot of interesting information in there (and a lot that is frankly alarming) and we have looked … Continue reading

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