Category Archives: Snippets

Acid Drops, Lemon Drops, Don’t Drops

Snippets 175.  In a previous snippet we looked at a quote from the November 1903 issue of The Talking Machine News, a monthly magazine for “users and makers of talking machines”; in other words, phonographs, or what we would now … Continue reading

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Money Talks

Snippets 174.  Which country is the most “free” for the people who live there, the USA or the UK?  I wouldn’t like to make a judgement on that, but in 1889 travel writer Max O’Rell expressed a very clear opinion … Continue reading

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The Magic Record

Snippets 173.  In 1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.  By 1903, use of phonographs to play music had become so popular that it became viable to publish a monthly title “for users and makers of talking machines”, The Talking Machine … Continue reading

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“A Few Extra Glasses”… Fire!

Snippets 172.  The following quote is taken from Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden, a biography of a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, famed for his comedy performances.  His biography was written by his son Thomas. … Continue reading

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A Childhood Injustice

Snippets 171.  Childhood can be a tough time, but it is made exponentially worse by a teacher who abuses his position.  In the days of corporal punishment, this problem could be magnified hugely for children.  In the following quote from … Continue reading

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Australian Adages, 1903

Snippets 170.  It has been fascinating reading How to Make and Save Money, a book of useful household advice published in Australia in 1903.  We have quoted some of the useful (and bizarre) advice in previous snippets, and last week … Continue reading

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Australian Etiquette, 1903

Snippets 169.  In 1903 a book of useful household advice was published in Australia, How to Make and Save Money.  There is a lot of interesting information in there (and a lot that is frankly alarming) and we have looked … Continue reading

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