Category Archives: USA

No Change for a Greenback

Snippets 197. John Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the push for the establishment of National Parks in the USA. The following quote is taken from his account of A Thousand … Continue reading

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Not Worth Stealing

Quick Quotes 23.  John Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the push for the establishment of National Parks in the USA.  The following quote is taken from his account of … 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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Too Much Hat

Snippets 183.  In 1889 French travel writer Max O’Rell wrote about American society in great detail in Jonathan and his Continent, making the book an important piece of work from a social history perspective.  The following are the edited highlights … Continue reading

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New Year Across the Pond

Snippets 177. One hundred and fifty years ago, at the dawn of the year 1869, the British papers were all full of reports of new year celebrations.  The local papers tended to recount meetings in church halls with speeches delivered … 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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Nature’s Freezer

Quick Quotes 18. The following is taken from Travels in Lower Canada, by Joseph Sansom (1820): Quebec is subjected to frequent rains, by the neighbouring mountains which arrest the clouds in its vicinity; and it has little to boast of … Continue reading

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