Tagged: Victorian

Unlucky Friday 13th, 1899

Friday 13th today, and I started wondering how long this idea of an unlucky tradition had been around. It sounds ancient, and apparently does have medieval origins in that, at least, Fridays and the...

A New Year’s Song, 1875

Happy new year! I think about half of us are hoping for a better 2017 than 2016, and I personally have my fingers crossed that there’s a kind of yin/yang effect between 2016 and...

Bad Breasts, 1872

I do love an advert for a Victorian “cure-all”. Here we have Holloway’s Ointment in an advert from 1872. It claims to cure (deep breath) – coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, irregular action of the...

The Black Beetle Pie Case, 1863

“Disgusting charge against a lady” runs one of the headlines regarding “The Black Beetle Pie case” of 1863, and that just about sums it up. Whilst fruitlessly looking for more information about the real...

Vicarious Menstruation, 1851

“Vicarious Menstruation” – was there ever a headline that so should be the title of a Carcass song? Here’s some Victorian cases of vicarious menstruation – that is, bleeding from other parts of the...

The Grand National Anomaly, 1836-1838

The Grand National is coming up soon – living in Liverpool as I do, this is a big deal in the city, although I’ve never been myself. I was reading up about the history...