Category Archives: History

A Miserable Winter in Rome

Snippets 188. In 1817 Henry Matthews went on a “tour in pursuit of health”, and wrote about his experiences in Diary of an Invalid, in 1820. His first port of call was Lisbon, and from there he travelled to Italy.  … Continue reading

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Too Much of a Rush

Snippets 187.  At the start of the 20th Century, American Thomas Rees went on a tour of Europe, concluding in Britain and Ireland.  His recollections were published in 1908 in the fascinating book Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw … Continue reading

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Rules for Children, 1904

Quick Quotes 20.  The following quote is taken from On the Healthy Home Life of School Children, by Professor Dr. Leo Burgerstein, published in English in 1904 and translated from the original German text by R.T. Williamson. It is unfortunately … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Tech, 1904

Snippets 186.  An early publication concerning audio technology was The Talking Machine News, a monthly magazine for “users and makers of talking machines”; in other words, phonographs, or what we would now term “record players”.  By 1904, technology was marching … Continue reading

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A Rude Awakening

Snippets 185.  One of the most brave and remarkable explorers in British history was the relatively little-known Lucy Atkinson (nee Finley).  During the late 1830s and early 1840s she worked as a governess in St Petersburg, where she met her … Continue reading

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The Living Picture

Snippets 184.  An early publication concerning audio technology was The Talking Machine News, a monthly magazine for “users and makers of talking machines”; in other words, phonographs, or what we would now term “record players”.  We previously looked at a … Continue reading

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Too Much Hat

Snippets 183.  In 1889 French travel writer Max O’Rell wrote about American society in great detail in Jonathan and his Continent, making the book an important piece of work from a social history perspective.  The following are the edited highlights … Continue reading

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