Category Archives: Newspapers

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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To Santa Claus, on the Moon

Christmas History 44.  The following article is from the Blackburn Standard, from 31st December 1898: A correspondent has obtained copies of some of the letters addressed to “Santa Claus” which find their way to the Dead Letter Office, and are … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa, 1898

Christmas History 43.  In the 19th Century it took a while for news from America to filter through to the British press, especially when it was of an anecdotal nature.  The following Christmas article didn’t find its way into the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Russia, 1869

Christmas History 42.  The following quote is from the Morning Post, 28th December 1869, and is written by the paper’s correspondent in St Petersburg: Thanks to their persistent preference of the Old Style, the Russians have yet 12 days to … Continue reading

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A Christmas Kidnapping

Christmas History 41.  The following alarming tale is taken from an article about Christmas in Canada in the Lincolnshire Chronicle, Christmas Eve 1869.  Just a warning: I have removed a racial profanity, but the article is still reflective of the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message

Christmas History 40.  December is upon us once again, so that means we turn our attentions to Christmas past on Windows into History.  The following words of wisdom are from the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette, 9th December 1869: Holidays, games … 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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Halloween Superstitions

Creepy History 65.  Happy Halloween, and I hope you have enjoyed another October of “creepy histories” on Windows into History.  Our last Halloween themed quote for now is from the Dundee Courier, 3rd November 1902: The ghostly spells of Hallowe’en … Continue reading

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The Doppelganger Ghost

Creepy History 61.  Happy Halloween, and welcome to another October of “creepy histories” on Windows into History.  The following quote is from the Lakes Herald, 15th March 1895, and references a book by Thomas Thistleton-Dyer, which we will be looking … Continue reading

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Legendary Spectre Ships

Creepy History 60.  Happy Halloween, and welcome to another October of “creepy histories” on Windows into History.  The following quote is from the Glasgow Evening Post, 14th September 1891: In the south and west of England, and notably on the … Continue reading

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