Category Archives: Snippets

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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Home Dentistry with Acid and String

Snippets 168.  In 1903 a book of useful household advice was published in Australia, How to Make and Save Money.  These kinds of books are always interesting to look at to see how things have changed, and often the advice … Continue reading

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Gollup up, Gollumpus!

Snippets 167.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar … Continue reading

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Kissing the Blarney Stone

Snippets 166.  At the start of the 20th Century, American Thomas Rees went on a tour of Europe, concluding in Britain and Ireland.  His recollections were published in 1908 in the fascinating book Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw … Continue reading

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A Sneaky Assistant

Snippets 165. One of the most brave and remarkable explorers in British history was the relatively little-known Lucy Atkinson (nee Finley).  During the late 1830s and early 1840s she worked as a governess in St Petersburg, where she met her … Continue reading

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The Clog Almanac

Snippets 164.  An early form of calendar used in England, amongst other countries, was the “clog almanac”.  It was described in detail in The Book of Days (1864) by Robert Chambers, one of the great pioneers of the trivia book.  … Continue reading

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