Category Archives: Humour

Gravity? Hocus-Pocus.

Snippets 113.  In Snippets 21 and 46 we looked at some of William Carpenter’s One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is not a Globe (published 1885). Amusingly, most of his ‘proofs’ can be explained away by Carpenter ignoring two simple … Continue reading

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Painted Babies

Pick of Punch 10. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 3rd March 1866. In Paris the fine ladies not merely smear themselves with rouge, but make their babies … Continue reading

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Rat Attack!

Pick of Punch 9.  This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine.  The following quote is from 24th Februay 1866. We find this in the Salisbury Journal — “Early on Monday morning a young … Continue reading

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The Lazy Cow-Milking Gardener

Pick of Punch 8. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 17th February 1866. The writer is poking fun at some advertisements for servants: What are the requirements that … Continue reading

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The Mischievous Girl

Snippets 110. Today’s snippet is another quote from Richard Le Gallienne’s Travels in England, from 1900, an interesting travel book that we have looked at in a couple of previous snippets. Some travel journals can fall into the trap of … Continue reading

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The Failure of a “Genuine Hit”

Pick of Punch 7. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 20th January 1866, and shows how theatrical advertising could sometimes bend the truth a little! In theatrical matters … Continue reading

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Troublesome Photography

Snippets 108. During the mid 19th Century there were a wealth of books published on the new and exciting subject of photography, but most are technical, scientific affairs, focussing on the mechanics of the art rather than the …well… art. … Continue reading

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