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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...

King Papped, 1908

Edward VII was not amused in 1908. He was “much annoyed on the promenade at Marienbad yesterday,” (Marienbad being in what’s now the Czech Republic) “when he discovered that cinematograph pictures of his early...

What a Nerve He Has, 1946

An intriguing letter from The Lanarkshire Sunday Post in 1946. So, the Second World War is not long over, and a Kirkcaldy housewife, Mrs A. G. Forsyth, receives a letter out of the blue...

Advice for Husbands and Wives, 1924

Marital advice used to be a much more common subject for newspaper articles and books. I suppose in days gone by more people were married at a much younger age, when you might have hardly...