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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...

Liquid Lino, 1932

Brighten up your lino by painting it with “Darkaline” stain. Judging by a number of posts about attempting to remove 1930s “Darkaline” stain from wooden beams and the like, on DIY talk boards, it...

Kill That Rat, 1941

A public information advert on how to get rid of rats during the Second World War. They were eating food supplies and so “were doing Hitler’s work” I find myself quite uncomfortable with this...

Advice to Husbands, 1939

It’s another entry for my series of historical marital advice articles today. This time – advice from an Austrian newspaper, as reprinted in The Berwickshire News in 1939, a few months prior to the...

Women-Only Railway Carriages, 1891

This August the most zeitgeisty thing you could be doing was voting in the Labour Party leadership election. Specifically, voting for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election, if the “Jez We Can”...