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Christmas Gift Ideas, 1791

It’s the time of year where every magazine and newspaper has its gift guides – for him, for her, for the kids, presents under £50, under £10, inexplicably expensive stocking presents, even stocking presents...

The Ovaltine Egg Farm, 1930

Until I saw this advert, I didn’t realise that eggs used to be a vital component of Ovaltine. They even had their own egg farm next to their original factory in the UK, based...

Every-day Rules, 1924

Some “Every-day Rules” from a Dr West in the Gloucestershire Echo from 1924. Dr West is in favour of calmness and consideration, kindness and fairness. I can’t argue with him really. His “Never dispute...

Smoke-Tinted Skin, 1935

An article highlighting the effects of the smoggy atmosphere in the towns prior to the Clean Air Act of 1956, which was brought in following London’s “Great Smog” over 4 days in December 1952,...

Beauty Hints, 1914

Beauty hints from 1914. I might try the “drying your face upwards” one, my creases could do with being smoothed out. Rinsing your hair in cold water is still said to help promote shininess,...

Mary Pickford’s Advice to Wives, 1934

Mary Pickford was a mega-success story – one of the biggest stars of early cinema, she co-founded the United Artists film studio, was one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Pictures...