Category: 1900-1949

Plastic Surgery, 1935

Oh, I can’t tell you the joy I felt when I saw this book, The Universal Home Doctor, on the shelves of of one of the few charity shops in town which still sells proper...

The Bullingdon Club, 1894

After Cambridge’s Footlights, Oxford’s all-male Bullingdon Club is probably the most famous student club going. Cambridge wins the clubs, I think. Bullingdon originated in the Eighteenth Century as a sports club for the elite, focussing...

Mark Twain on Tobacco, 1909

Mark Twain (or Samuel Clemens as he was sans pen name) was about as big a fan of smoking as it’s possible to be. Starting his cigar habit at the startling age of 8,...

The Second Sleep, 1829

In the past few years I seem to have been reading more and more about the idea of “segmented sleep” – the concept of a night’s sleep being broken into first and second sleeps...

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...