Category Archives: Inspiration

Inspired by the Past

Snippets 159. Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German lyric poet, whose words were set to music by composers including Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. In his memoirs, published posthumously in 1884, he mentions his uncle, who was a source … Continue reading

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Etiquette on the Horsebus

Snippets 156. During the latter half of the 19th Century, horse drawn omnibuses were a popular means of transport.  Some of these were even double decker, with uncovered benches on the top deck.  A familiar sight greeting a traveller at … Continue reading

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A Meeting on a Volcano

Snippets 155. In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe, spending much of his time in Italy, due principally to his interest in the Catholic faith in the country. After visiting Rome, Florence and Naples, … Continue reading

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The English need to travel

Snippets 154.  Last week we looked at a quote from John Bull and His Island (1883), by Max O’Rell, in which the author (who hailed from France) examines the peculiar character of the English and what sets them apart from … Continue reading

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The idea of “home”

Snippets 153.  Over the last three years that Windows into History has been going, I have occasionally championed a particular favourite author of mine from the late 19th Century: Max O’Rell (1847-1903).  He was a humourous French travel writer, whose … Continue reading

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Memoirs in Flames

Snippets 142.  Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German lyric poet, whose words were set to music by composers including Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.  In the twilight of his life he decided to write his memoirs, which he never … Continue reading

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Children’s Christmas Letters 5

Christmas History 32.  Recently on Windows into History we have been looking at some letters from children published in a January 1910 edition of the Iowa Homestead, writing about how they spent their Christmas.  The following is one last selection: My … Continue reading

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