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Women’s Facial Hair Removal, 1914

A lovely little advert from 1914 for women’s facial hair removal. The “Ejecthair” system makes big promises – “It not only causes the hairs to instantly vanish, but without pain or harm kills the...

Aunt Kate’s Postbag, 1916

I always love a problem page, and it doesn’t matter if it’s from the latest issue of a magazine or a publication 100 years ago. I’m not the only one – my post on...

The Dangers of Hobble Skirts, 1910

Did you see the warning about skinny jeans the other day? There were news reports all over the place about it, with alerts on the dangers of  “compartment syndrome” and that skinny jeans could be responsible for...

Advice to Wives, 1895

Do you do anything deliberately that annoys you, for fun? I’m not sure why exactly, but getting aerated about some bugbear of yours, in a safe kind of way, is quite cathartic in the...

German Invalid Cookery, 1922

Another peek at a book from the brilliant Forgotten Books website, and one which includes one of my favourite topics – the disappeared art of invalid cookery. This book, “The Art of German Cooking...