Category Archives: Snippets

Thanksgiving, 1833

Snippets 140.  I am not particularly qualified to write about Thanksgiving, as it is really not a thing in Britain at all, but I did find the following quote in The Western Monthly Magazine, 1833, written by a Mrs Hentz.  … Continue reading

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The Rumour-monger

Snippets 139.  In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe and one of the highlights of his trip was an extended stay in Rome.  Although he had a wonderful time there, he was disappointed … Continue reading

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A Victorian Hotel on Thunder Bay

Snippets 138 / Guest Post 11.  At the time the following story took place, the author was eighteen years of age. He had been working as an assistant to a surveyor on the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. As … Continue reading

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Lighting St. Peters in 1854

Snippets 137.  In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe and one of the highlights of his trip was an extended stay in Rome.  One of the many things that fascinated him about St … Continue reading

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Fashion Advice, 1858

Snippets 136.  The American Gentleman’s Guide to Politeness and Fashion, by Henry Lunettes, was published in 1858. Ironically, “Henry Lunettes” was actually a pen name for Margaret Cockburn Conkling, daughter of politician and federal judge Alfred Conkling. One can understand … Continue reading

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A Film Critic, 1914

Snippets 135.  It must be disheartening for those who are involved in the making of films to receive bad reviews, and this is something that has been the unhappy side effect of film making as long as films have actually … Continue reading

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French Healthcare in 1854

Snippets 134.  The oldest hospital in Paris is the Hotel-Dieu, founded in 651. Visiting the hospital in 1854, the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins was extremely impressed with what he found, and compared it favourably with American health care at … Continue reading

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