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No More Drunkenness, 1909

This is a kind of anti-Rohypnol advert from 1909. It’s a product that you surreptitiously slip into the unaware’s drink in order to sober them up. “No More Drunkenness” is promised with “the Great...

Mummy Dust, 1904

At a gig in Manchester recently, watching my new favourite band, Ghost, singing their song “Mummy Dust”, I started thinking about looking up powdered mummies on the British Newspaper Archive. The Archive starts mid-18th...

The Motor Hooligan, 1903

Karl Benz invented the motor automobile in 1888, and a mere 15 years later here we have reports complaining about “the motor hooligan“. In Motor Car Act of 1903 introduced the driving licence and...

Stale Foot Acid, 1939

It feels like there’s always something new to be body-conscious about. A new zone that hair should be entirely removed from or else some hidden part of the body that now, apparently, should be bleached. Of...

Wishes for New Year’s Day, 1835

Happy New Year, fair readers! Have some new year wishes that The Dublin Evening Packet wished to its readers 181 years ago, on the 1st January 1835. [hr]   WISHES FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY, 1835   Time swiftly...

New Year Comes 15 minutes Early, 1949

Brilliant jobsworthiness here. In 1949, Christmas and New Year’s Eve fell on Sundays, meaning they were subject to the byelaws that meant dancing must be finished by midnight. That also meant no singing Auld...