Author: Estelle

To Live a Hundred Years, 1901

In 1901, “a well-known physician” (not so well-known that he was worth naming) advised following these 19 rules if you wanted to make your century. Some of them are interestingly current – the non-dairy...

Difficult Chins, 1939

Do you have a Difficult Chin? “How could your maestro of the violin conjure such sweet music from his instrument, if the chin which caresses it so fondly, and so closely, were not well-tended...

Snakes on a Train, 1926

You know those lives that people used to have – like Boy’s Own Annuals come to life, with adventure being one of the essential criteria of their job description? The kind of people who...

Spanish Female Beauty, 1924

In Bossypants, Tina Fey, one of the world’s Very Good Things, wrote this about women’s impossible quest to be acceptably attractive. “Every girl is expected to have caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a...

Advice to Wives, 1930

Some advice for wives from Mrs M. A. Dobbin Crawford who was, in 1930, the Honorary Assistant Surgeon at the Liverpool and Samaritan Hospitals for Women and the Liverpool Maternity Hospital. Full marks for...

Advice to Husbands, 1877

I like this Advice to Husbands, as published in the Manchester Courier in 1877. It seems to me to be hiding its essential compassion and wisdom underneath a veneer of curmudgeonly Mark Twain-style humour....