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Fashion Forward, 1893

Possibly my favourite thing in books is predictions of the future, when their future is your now. It’s a fascinating little insight into the minds of the time, extending on what surrounds them in...

Friday Fun – Head Slap, 1935

A fairly self-explanatory game of how to box your opponents ears here, although it’s not as easy as it sounds. I love the Janet and John style illustration. From The Universal Book of Hobbies...

No Swearing for Posh Men, 1938

A legal oddity from The Weekend Book 1938 (but which had disappeared by the 1955 reprint). Public swearing was against the law, but for some it was more against the law than others. Working...

Victorian Page 3, 1893

The Strand magazine was an iconic, long-running magazine which was such an institution in its day that when it finally ceased publication in 1950, the news was announced on the BBC by a newsreader...

Friday Fun – Are You Frustrated? 1940

Personality tests and analysis have been going from strength to strength since Carl Jung published “Personality Types” in 1921. And, as spoofed in Monty Python’s Papperbok, I remember religiously reading them in my teenage...

The Happy Moron, 1938

A little poem, from The Weekend Book. (Nb. Some info about its possible provenance here – http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/04/29/happy-moron/)