Category Archives: Newspapers

The Bottomless Tram

Quick Quotes 25.  The following quote is from a newspaper report in the Western Morning News, from 14th December 1898: Between nine and ten o’clock last evening a very usual and rather alarming mishap occurred in Devonport. As a tramcar was … Continue reading

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Missing Mail in 1862

Snippets 196.  In the mid 19th Century the postal service in Britain was not exactly in its infancy, but was certainly undergoing a rapid programme of modernisation.  The Penny Black was introduced in 1840 and the first post boxes started … Continue reading

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Hot Air Balloon Crash

Snippets 194. The Crystal Palace was a famous London landmark, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851.  After the Exhibition it was relocated from Hyde Park to Penge Common, where it stood until it was destroyed by fire in 1936.  … Continue reading

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The Early Cinema Queuing Nuisance

Snippets 193.  Looking at old newspaper articles, one thing that is often quite striking is how much resistance can be found to an idea that we now consider commonplace, but was unusual at the time.  One such example comes from … Continue reading

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Chocolate Records

Snippets 190.  The early 20th Century was a time of great innovation in technology, but not all good ideas are born equal.  Sometimes just because you can make something, it doesn’t mean you should.  From one of innovation’s blind alleys, … Continue reading

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Early Closing at 7pm? No thanks.

There is much of interest to be found by trawling through the pages of old local newspapers.  On 7th October 1908, the Bognor Regis Observer carried a report about the popularity of the Women’s Suffrage movement in Midhurst, West Sussex: … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Short Skirt

Snippets 189. An early name for a film camera was a “bioscope”, and the name was chosen for a film journal during the silent era of film, published in London. It ran from 1908 to 1932. The Bioscope was aimed at … Continue reading

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