Category Archives: Stagecoaches

The End of an Era

Snippets 82.  In 1898 Daimler sold a double-decker bus to the Motor Traction Company, to be used in London. By 1910 double-decker buses were being mass produced and were becoming a common sight on the streets of London. In 1908, … Continue reading

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Victor Meldrew, 1855-style, revisited

Snippets 62. The English Hotel Nuisance by Albert Richard Smith (1855) is one long glorious rant about how annoying it was to stay in a hotel or inn at the time.  We previously looked at a quote from the book in … Continue reading

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Journals 13.1 – Reminiscences of an Idler (Part 1)

Henry Wikoff was a reporter for the New York Herald and a man of great independent wealth due to a large inheritance. He spent years travelling around the world and climbed the society ladder, gradually making social connections to work … Continue reading

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Journals 1.2 – England in 1815 by Joseph Ballard (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of my essay on Ballard’s journal.  See the earlier entry from 14th May 2015 for the first part.  Ballard’s tour of the North of England continued with a visit to Manchester. Although he admired the … Continue reading

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Lovely view, shame about the corpse (Snippets 1)

The following quote is taken from The Autobiography of a Stage-Coachman, by Thomas Cross, published in three volumes by Hurst and Blackett in 1861. The author describes a journey by stagecoach in the year 1806: I have been on many … Continue reading

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