Category 19th century thoughts

A writer’s first novel begins

The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens’ first novel.  It began ‘life’ in monthly instalments – and the first instalment was published on this day – March 30th 1836.  On this same day the publishers – the firm of Chapman and Hall – had also started a series of amusing stories dealing with “Cockney sporting scenes”.  These […]

Glances on a changing country

It’s interesting to see how one man’s diary can cast light on the attitude of another and ‘paints a picture’ of the country at large.  Henry Crabb Robinson was born in Bury St Edmunds, was articled to a Colchester attorney; between 1800 & 1805 studied at various places in Germany where he met men of […]

It’s best to drive carefully

Can you trust what you read?  No – don’t answer that!  I was reading through my Chambers Book of Days’ – dinner was a while yet – when I came across an entry that told me that, on  Saturday 25th February 1899,‘The first driver to die in a car accident was one F R Sewell, […]

Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room – step 2

A couple of weeks ago – Wednesday 8th February to be precise – I posted some details on ‘Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room’.  At the end of that post I said that I had not been able to check so-far as to what was sold and how much it brought in, and said that I […]

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News was a weekly illustrated newspaper which was one of the earliest British tabloids. It featured sensational and melodramatic reports and illustrations of murders and hangings and was a direct descendant of the execution broadsheets of the 18th century.  First published in 1864 it was inspired by The Illustrated London News, which […]

Aladdin’s Cave at the Sale-Room

The Daily Sketch newspaper was launched in 1909 and ran until 11th May 1971.  I have a selected copy of Monday 6th Februry 1928 – well it’s actually a photocopy of a few tatty pages – and has some interesting stories and attitudes of the time. Beneath the title of the above we have a […]

Conundrums for fun 12th and last time

Yes, I’m afraid so, this is the last conundrum challenge – though you’ll have to wait until next week for the answers! But in the meantime – here are the answers from last weeks conundrums 51.  Why is kissing your sweetheart like eating soup with a fork? ….. Because it takes a long time to […]