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Nineteenth Century

Happy Nutcrack Night!

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Original article here.

Who knew that Halloween used to be a time of divination for romance?

LOVE TESTS OF HALLOWEEN tells of other forgotten customs.

Whether you are roasting your lover's nuts, or going door-to-door for candy, have a swell night!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 31, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Holidays, Superstition, Nineteenth Century

Octagon Houses

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For a brief time in the USA, eight-sided houses were a thing. Based on the crackpot theories of one fellow.

The example above can be found in my native Rhode Island. I used to marvel at it all the time when I was younger.

Read the history here.

Order a book here.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 20, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Eccentrics, Nineteenth Century

The Edibility of Animal Spleens

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Read the whole four pages here.

A tip of the hat to pal Brad V. for finding this one.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 08, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Junk Food, Nineteenth Century

American Cornball

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Christopher Miller's new book is a must-have for any WU-vie, detailing with comprehensive wit all the old humor tropes that once delighted millions, but are now just plain weird, but with a residual underlying universality.

Read a sample here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 05, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Stereotypes and Cliches, Books, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century

Causes of Lunacy

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I love these reasons for being committed to the lunatic asylum, as given in this report for the year 1836.

"Repelled eruption" confused me, until I found this sentence from a text of the same era: "If the insanity succeeds the suppression of a cutaneous disease, of a fetter, an erysipelas, or any other repelled eruption, vesicatories are the means, par excellence : they are preferably applied upon the place where the disease at first existed."

And almost thirty years later, many of the "causes" were still present, as seen below in this report for the year 1891.

Browse through more reports here.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 16, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Experts and Authority Figures, Nineteenth Century, Brain Damage

A Singular Will

Source: Notes and Queries, Nov 6, 1858.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 13, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Law, Nineteenth Century

The Dog Exterminator

An advertisement in The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review, August 1893. This seems to be similar to the pepper spray that mailmen carry nowadays, but with a more colorful name. [via What the Apothecary Ordered]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 28, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Advertising, Nineteenth Century

Heidelberg Beer Club

I came across this in the Washington Post (Mar 27, 1892). I like the idea that the ability to drink a gallon of beer in one sitting makes you "beer honorable".

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Nineteenth Century

Simplex Typewriter



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Original ad here.

From 1891 to at least 1948. Not a bad run for any toy.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 30, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Toys, Comics, 1940's, Nineteenth Century
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