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Mischief Night, 1917

Mischief Night – like trick or treating, except with just the tricks. What’s not to like, if you’re a cheeky 13-year-old? In Liverpool it mainly seems to involve eggs being thrown, especially at taxis...

Cigarettes for Sore Throats, 1922

Craven A cork-tipped Virginia cigarettes – not only does their cork tip prevent “wet end”, but “you’ll not know what real cigarette enjoyment is” without them. “You should smoke them because they’re made specially...

The Beautiful Mrs Maybrick, 1889

Well, this is interesting. I’m a sucker for a historical mystery, and the Jack the Ripper case is an enduring and gruesome loose end from a fascinating period in history. The news here that...

How Ugly Can You Make Yourself, 1936

Are there still gurning competitions? I don’t recall seeing a toothless man pull his lower jaw over his nose recently. Here, straight from 1936, is a veteran gurner in action, offering advice on how...

Kops Bairn’s Wine, 1924

You can’t give a baby booze, to quote Vic and Bob. Oh, you can with this one, it’s “temperance”, non-alcoholic “Kops Wine”. Kids wine. Plus, a slagging off in 1891 for temperance “Kops Ale”,...

Women and their Ears, 1929

I’ve been hearing a lot of late about body shaming, fat shaming, and all the ways that women (well, mostly women) can be derided physically. I remember quite clearly the first time I became...