Monthly Archives: September 2019

Spectacle Makers

Well I did the obvious thing and ran the query “spectacle maker” on querypic: Querypic doesn’t differentiate between “spectacle maker” and “spectacle-maker” as a query, so we can say that graph shows usage of both forms of the term. The … Continue reading

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Rural Oculists revisited

It turns out the whole rural oculist thing is more complicated than I thought. Firstly I was wrong in thinking that oculist was the preferred term in the nineteenth century. Five minutes with Querypic showed that while that might have … Continue reading

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Nasty coughs in the nineteenth century

I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s quite amazing how many people died of chest and lung related complaints in the late nineteenth century. Not surprising really. I grew up in Stirling, in Scotland, which was at first glance a quiet … Continue reading

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Rural Oculists in late nineteenth century Victoria

As I’m sure you are all well aware, I’ve been working as a volunteer documenting the contents of Dow’s Pharmacy for the National Trust. A few months ago, I came across a shoe box containing some boxes of old spectacle … Continue reading

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