Category Archives: 20th Century

A Victorian Hotel on Thunder Bay

Snippets 138 / Guest Post 11.  At the time the following story took place, the author was eighteen years of age. He had been working as an assistant to a surveyor on the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. As … Continue reading

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A Film Critic, 1914

Snippets 135.  It must be disheartening for those who are involved in the making of films to receive bad reviews, and this is something that has been the unhappy side effect of film making as long as films have actually … Continue reading

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A Long Journey

Snippets 129.  On frontiersmenhistorian.wordpress.com at the moment (a blog which I manage but do not write) you will find an article about Percy Escott North, who had an adventurous life of travel and befriended Buffalo Bill Cody.   To tie … Continue reading

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Funiculì, Funiculà? “One-an-threppence”

Snippets 128. When the first funicular cable car on Mount Vesuvius opened in 1880, renowned Neapolitan journalist Peppino Turco came up with the idea of a commemorative song and made the suggestion to composer Luigi Denza that he could put … Continue reading

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Dreams of Childhood

Quick Quotes 15. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908): In childhood we live in the fancy of anticipation and we long for the time to come when we will … Continue reading

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Runaway Hansom!

Quick Quotes 14. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908).  Rees visited the Savoy Theatre to see a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and when he left afterwards … Continue reading

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Grey People in a Grey Land

Quick Quotes 13. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908).  Returning home to England after a long holiday in Spain, Marriott felt strangely out of place. The effect of being transported from Spain to England with … Continue reading

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