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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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Travels on the Continent and in England (Part 3)

Journals 14.3.  This is a continuation of my article about Travels on the Continent and in England, by August Hermann Niemeyer, which details the German writer’s 1819 visit to the country he had always wanted to experience: England. And he wanted … Continue reading

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How to dress a child in 1904

Quick Quotes 19.  The following quote is taken from On the Healthy Home Life of School Children, by Professor Dr. Leo Burgerstein, published in English in 1904 and translated from the original German text by R.T. Williamson. The clothing should … Continue reading

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Fashion Advice, 1858

Snippets 136.  The American Gentleman’s Guide to Politeness and Fashion, by Henry Lunettes, was published in 1858. Ironically, “Henry Lunettes” was actually a pen name for Margaret Cockburn Conkling, daughter of politician and federal judge Alfred Conkling. One can understand … Continue reading

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Journals 13.2 – Reminiscences of an Idler (Part 2)

This is the continuation of my article on Henry Wikoff’s journal. For the previous part, please see the entry posted on 7th March 2016. Wikoff’s first exploration of London was an eye-opener for him, with everything on such a grand … Continue reading

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Hands off that Beard (Snippets 16)

It was a tough life for a Roman philosopher in the 1st Century.  Gaius Musonius Rufus was a teacher of philosophy in Rome, but his career was cut short when he was exiled by Nero.  He returned to Rome after … Continue reading

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Edward VII and his turn-ups (Ramblings 2)

One lesser known fact about Edward VII was that he was something of a trend-setter and “invented” the trouser turn-up. For many years it had been common practice to fold up the hems of a pair of trousers when walking … Continue reading

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