Monthly Archives: September 2015

William McGonagall

I learned about this absolutely hilarious historical figure from a post on the Interesting Literature blog here, who posted about him because he died on yesterday’s date in 1902. This is almost entirely a reblog, because the PhD is due … Continue reading

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Running Footmen

I’m slightly back on my ‘fun facts about servants‘ kick, since I’m reading another book I picked up at the same time as Frank Victor Dawes’s Not in Front of the Servants, which I blogged the ever-loving-hellfire out of a … Continue reading

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The Martial Moustache of Masculinity

I found the following story in Bradley Deane’s Masculinity and the New Imperialism (2014). In the newly emerging field of masculinity studies, there has been some interesting work done on the role of facial hair in defining certain types of … Continue reading

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The Flying Dutchman

In 1881, Queen Victoria’s grandsons, Prince Albert Victor and his younger brother, Prince George (who would later become George V of England when Albert Victor died unexpectedly ten years later) were on a three-year tour at sea. They were being … Continue reading

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Louis Le Prince

Just a really quick one today, because I’m turning in my PhD in 9 days and my brain might explode. Long-time readers of this blog will remember my considerable hatred of Thomas Edison, especially in light of the deep and … Continue reading

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Stamina of the Servants

Today is my last post from Frank Victor Dawes’s Not in Front of the Servants. We will talk about some of the ridiculous stamina servants were expected to have, and just how much we take modern conveniences for granted today. … Continue reading

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The Hierarchy of Servants

I’m still fascinated by this book I’ve read, Frank Victor Dawes’s Not in Front of the Servants, although I’m slowly starting to run out of blog-able material. Just a few more posts before I move on to something else! Today … Continue reading

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