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The penny post

(not actually the penny post – it’s from Victoria where the post cost 2d in the 1890’s …) I’ve written about the significance of the penny post before, but one thing that comes through from both accounts of the Madeleine … Continue reading

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The pharma typewriter continued

I continued to be intrigued by the pharma tyewriter and ended up doing some searching on Google and eBay (a useful source of comparison information) which let me know that examples such as this were pretty rare. I ended up … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical keyboard

One of the artifacts in the old dispensary where I’m currently working on the Pharmacy documentation project is an old Remington portable typewriter that was used in the 1930’s to type labels to be stuck on bottles of prescription medicine … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria and Madeleine Smith

Queen Victoria reigned for over sixty years. At the start of her reign, in 1837, passenger railways were still a novelty, the British Empire was half the size it would eventually become, and Australia was a gaggle of small squabbling … Continue reading

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Pickles in the Victorian and Edwardian diet

Since I came back from overseas I’ve been back working on the Dow’s Pharmacy documentation project. And one thing that has struck me is just how many late nineteenth and early twentieth century pickle jars have been reused to store … Continue reading

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Singapore …

So, Singapore. I’ve always had a soft spot for Singapore. Both my father and his brother lived there during colonial times, and even when he was too old to travel, my father always wanted to see our photos of Singapore … Continue reading

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Evora, Lisbon and Sintra

For some reason our car’s GPS decided to ignore tollways and took us an interesting way to Evora through wooded countryside and then on to the old main road north before branching west across wheat growing country that increasingly looked … Continue reading

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