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Shocking Trousers

Quick Quotes 1.  The following is taken from Max O’Rell’s Jonathan and his Continent (1889): In America, gentlemen’s dress is plain, even severe : a high hat, black coat, dark trousers, fancy cloth is little used, even in travelling. I … Continue reading

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Don’t Mention Legs!

Snippets 120. Regular readers will know that I often quote from Max O’Rell, one of my favourite authors who deserved to be celebrated and remembered far more than he is. The following is from Jonathan and His Continent (1889), a … Continue reading

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Votes for Women

Snippets 115. In the previous snippet we looked at a quote from Jonathan and His Continent by Max O’Rell. Although he is one of my favourite ‘forgotten’ authors, a travel writer whose books are funny and readable, despite now all … Continue reading

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Marrying for Money

Snippets 114. One of my favourite ‘forgotten’ authors is Max O’Rell, a travel writer whose books are funny and readable, despite now all being well over 100 years old. His 1889 book, Jonathan and his Continent, tackled the subject of … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Nun

Snippets 79. The following snippet, although abridged, is a longer quote than I normally include here, but is such an interesting and heart-rending story that it is well worth a read. It is taken from an 1891 edition of Strand … Continue reading

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A Very Hungry Lady!

Snippets 78. In the first snippet of this year we looked at a quote from Jonathan and his Continent, by Max O’Rell, one of my favourite ‘forgotten’ authors. Published in 1889, his book looks at American life and customs at … Continue reading

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An Obliging Innkeeper

Snippets 72.  Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851) had a varied and successful life, in the fields of politics (as Consul to Tunis), journalism (founding The National Advocate, New York Enquirer, Evening Star and Sunday Times) and writing. He is considered to … Continue reading

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The History of Pantomime (Christmas History 19)

Yesterday’s Christmas History included a quote from John Bull and his Island, by the fabulous French author Max O’Rell, published in 1883.  In the same book he writes about Christmas pantomimes, a tradition that was relatively new at the time, … Continue reading

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Journals 5.6 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 6)

This is the final part of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  For the previous parts please see the earlier entries from 17th, 21st, 25th, 29th July, and 2nd August 2015. Less than a decade before O’Rell’s visit, the … Continue reading

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Journals 5.5 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 5)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  For the previous parts please see the earlier entries from 17th, 21st, 25th and 29th July 2015. Leaving Pittsburgh, the train passed by Johnstown, Pennsylvania, causing O’Rell … Continue reading

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