Category Archives: Humour

Giant Feet and Rhinoceros Gums

Max of the Month 7.  When reading non-fiction books from the 19th Century, one finds no shortage of great writers who have now been largely forgotten. However, occasionally a writer comes to light whose work is so entertaining, and who … Continue reading

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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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Throw a Veil Over the Past

Max of the Month 6.  When reading non-fiction books from the 19th Century, one finds no shortage of great writers who have now been largely forgotten. However, occasionally a writer comes to light whose work is so entertaining, and who … Continue reading

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The Platter-Faced Pin Basket in the Nicknackatory

Snippets 210.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … 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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A Widow’s Cruel Fate

Max of the Month 5.  When reading non-fiction books from the 19th Century, one finds no shortage of great writers who have now been largely forgotten. However, occasionally a writer comes to light whose work is so entertaining, and who … Continue reading

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Carrollean Misunderstandings

Windows into History… in Wonderland 7. We have a connecting theme this month: Lewis Carroll (Rev. Charles Dodgson) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  In 1867 Dodgson went on a tour of Europe with his friend Rev. Henry Liddon.  In Russia … Continue reading

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An Argument with Lewis Carroll

Windows into History… in Wonderland 6. We have a connecting theme this month: Lewis Carroll (Rev. Charles Dodgson) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Dodgson was not generally keen on foreign travel, but in 1867 he did go abroad on a … Continue reading

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“Refer to the Big Drawer!”

Windows into History… in Wonderland 5. We have a connecting theme this month: Lewis Carroll (Rev. Charles Dodgson) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Dodgson was not generally keen on foreign travel, but in 1867 he did go abroad on a … Continue reading

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