Monthly Archives: September 2016

Crush, Texas

I heard the following story on an episode of QI (series J, episode “Journalism”), but I’ve supplemented it with some research of my own. Apparently a good way to promote new railway lines in the nineteenth century was to stage … Continue reading

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Obituaries

I heard the following stories on an episode of QI (series J, episode “Journalism”). As they are only quick ones, I’ll list a couple of them here in one post. 1.) The longest obituary ever published in the Times was … Continue reading

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The Duellists

Just a quick one today. I’m reblogging this from Futility Closet’s blog here. “In 1794, at Strasbourg, the French Hussar François Fournier-Sarlovèze challenged a young man to a duel and killed him. When his fellow officer Pierre Dupont de l’Étang … Continue reading

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Pleasures of the Water Cure

I recently attended a conference where a paper was given on the idea of the Victorian Water Cure and discovered the below illustrations. In the Victorian era, water became a big concern when it came to health. This was especially … Continue reading

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Kiss the Bride

I found the following story in Fern Riddell’s A Victorian Guide to Sex, which not only reports on the facts or common beliefs found in actual Victorian guidebooks, but also mimics the various styles of these books. Riddell writes, “A … Continue reading

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“His New Wife Is Too Quick For Him”

I found this hilarious illustration in Fern Riddell’s A Victorian Guide to Sex. This illustration first appeared in the Illustrated Police News, 18 September, 1897. I cannot. Stop. Laughing. The worst part, though, is that I’ve read the whole digitized … Continue reading

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Six Stages of Mending a Face

I found the following in Hannah Greig’s The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London (2013). The below illustration is called Six Stages of Mending a Face dedicated with respect to the Rt Hon Lady Archer, by Thomas Rowlandson, 1792. … Continue reading

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