Category Archives: 20th Century

Humorous Review of 1919

Snippets 212.  Exactly one hundred years ago today, on 1st January 1920, the West Sussex Gazette carried a very tongue-in-cheek look back on previous year, titled “Humorous Review of the Year 1919”. The following are the highlights of this amusing … Continue reading

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The Over-Excited Performer

Quick Quotes 35. The following quote is from an interview in the July 1904 issue of Talking Machine News with American recording engineer Mr J. D. Smoot, working in London making records for the International Talking Machine Company. “How does the … Continue reading

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Halloween Superstitions

Creepy History 65.  Happy Halloween, and I hope you have enjoyed another October of “creepy histories” on Windows into History.  Our last Halloween themed quote for now is from the Dundee Courier, 3rd November 1902: The ghostly spells of Hallowe’en … Continue reading

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Jumping to Conclusions

Creepy History 59.  Happy Halloween, and welcome to another October of “creepy histories” on Windows into History.  A brief snippet today.  The following quote is from the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail, 4th January 1918: Stories of a mysterious highwayman seen … Continue reading

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Ghosts in Parliament

Creepy History 57.  Happy Halloween, and welcome to another October of “creepy histories” on Windows into History.  We start with a quote from the Sheffield Weekly Telegraph, 23rd February 1918. However much men and women who boast of their minds … Continue reading

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Blanched Bones or Human Life?

Snippets 211. When visiting a country such as Italy, with so much to take in of historical interest, it is perhaps all too easy to only have eyes for the ancient ruins and ignore everything else. The following inspirational quote is … Continue reading

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Safety Last in Cinemas

Snippets 207. The following quote, concerning the safety of children in cinemas, is taken from the 25th February 1909 edition of The Bioscope: In the meantime there is the question of the Children Act, 1908, which those concerned in entertainment … Continue reading

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“The Voice in the Box!”

Quick Quotes 32. The following quote is from the June 1904 issue of Talking Machine News: A correspondent, whose bona-fides is unquestionable, sends us particulars of a curious case of a madman and a talking machine. Ten years ago he was … Continue reading

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Living Too Rapidly

Snippets 205. Comments about the pace of life are ubiquitous in the media nowadays, but this is far from being a modern concern, and a generation “living too rapidly” was already a worry over a century ago. The following quote is … Continue reading

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A Harsh Swimming Lesson

Quick Quotes 30.  The following quote is taken from Notes of a Nomad, by Canadian author Lady Harriet Julia Jephson, published just over a hundred years ago in 1918.  For the most part it is a journal of her travels, but … Continue reading

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