Category Archives: USA

To Santa Claus, on the Moon

Christmas History 44.  The following article is from the Blackburn Standard, from 31st December 1898: A correspondent has obtained copies of some of the letters addressed to “Santa Claus” which find their way to the Dead Letter Office, and are … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa, 1898

Christmas History 43.  In the 19th Century it took a while for news from America to filter through to the British press, especially when it was of an anecdotal nature.  The following Christmas article didn’t find its way into the … Continue reading

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Throw a Veil Over the Past

Max of the Month 6.  When reading non-fiction books from the 19th Century, one finds no shortage of great writers who have now been largely forgotten. However, occasionally a writer comes to light whose work is so entertaining, and who … Continue reading

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At One with Nature

Quick Quotes 34. Every so often on Windows into History I have quoted from the very entertaining and interesting A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir. Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, … Continue reading

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Lost in a Swamp

Snippets 209. 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. Today’s quote is taken from his account of A Thousand Mile … Continue reading

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Fish Tank on the Head

Quick Quotes 31.  The following quote is taken from the John O’Groat Journal, from 19th April 1877.  The journal is re-reporting an article taken from the New York Times, as was commonplace for local newspapers at the time to bulk … Continue reading

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Life-threatening Bureaucracy

Quick Quotes 29.  This month we are looking at some entertaining quotes from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir.  Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the … Continue reading

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A Bumpy Ride in Knob Land

Quick Quotes 28.  This month we are looking at some entertaining quotes from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir.  Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the … Continue reading

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Neighbour Dispute (to the death)

Quick Quotes 27.  This month we are looking at some entertaining quotes from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir.  Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the … Continue reading

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Not Worth Robbing (Again!)

Quick Quotes 26.   We previously looked at a quote from A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, in which the author escaped being robbed on account of having little worth stealing.  Later in the same volume, he found himself in … Continue reading

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