Queen Victoria looked very steampunk when she had to wear goggles in 1899 in an attempt to cure her cataracts. Though I'm not sure how goggles would have helped without surgery, which she refused to have.
Source: The Philadelphia Times
- July 30, 1899
And in a case of art imitating life, you can buy a "Steampunk Queen Victoria" mug here
. I'm not sure if the site selling the mug realizes that Queen Victoria actually wore goggles like this in real life.
There was Christmas Jones, sent to prison for debt in January 1815.
Christmas Allen (father and son), both charged with larceny.
And Christmas Crisp, who did six months for larceny in 1837. His son, Christmas Crisp Junior, appears to have been an honest man.
Perhaps being named Christmas was the 19th Century equivalent of having the middle name Wayne. [via Criminal Historian
A self-styled medium, Ms Smith was not content to talk to distant or dead Earth people only, but also had a hotline to Mars. Here is her portrait of a typical Martian, and their language.
Wikipedia entry here.
Long article here.
What exactly were the ingredients of Nervine
that made it sell effectively for many decades?
Read all about it here.
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!
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.
Read the whole four pages here.
A tip of the hat to pal Brad V. for finding this one.
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.