Category Archives: USA

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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Beauty and Misery

Quick Quotes 17. The following is taken from Travels in Lower Canada, by Joseph Sansom (1820): On my return toward Quebec, I proceeded more leisurely than I had done in coming down, and now found time to admire the beautiful … Continue reading

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Children’s Christmas Letters 5

Christmas History 32.  Recently on Windows into History we have been looking at some letters from children published in a January 1910 edition of the Iowa Homestead, writing about how they spent their Christmas.  The following is one last selection: My … Continue reading

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Children’s Christmas Letters 4

Christmas History 31.  Recently on Windows into History we have been looking at some letters from children published in a January 1910 edition of the Iowa Homestead, writing about how they spent their Christmas.  The following is another selection: I am … Continue reading

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