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Magic Lanterns on easy terms

I recently came across a study carried out by a researcher at the University of Exeter in the UK where, by searching old newspaper adverts, they found evidence that people in Victorian times could hire magic lanterns and slides for … Continue reading

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Almost an unfortunate misunderstanding …

Recently we’ve been going out for the day scoping out places that might repay a visit, places such as local museums, abandoned town sites and the like. We might pretend that this is related to our interest in local history … Continue reading

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Paperclips

It was only a throwaway comment, but one thing that tickled my fancy about the presentation on the MAMA archaeological dig was the comment that paperclips were not used before the 1890’s. Actually they were. While the machinery was for … Continue reading

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MAMA – what lies beneath

Despite it being a pretty horrible sleety hail spattered day I had to go into Albury, so I decided to take in the presentation on the results of the archaeological dig that preceded the building of MAMA, the Albury art … Continue reading

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Patent medicines and nineteenth century globalisation

I spent a good part of yesterday documenting some nineteenth century patent medicine and cosmetic bottles. Many of the brands are totally unknown today, such as Beetham’s glycerine and cucumber, yet were well known in their time. A fairly simple … Continue reading

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Digitised newspapers and happenstance

A few days ago J showed me a photograph of beechworth from the early 1990’s that one of her Art Society friends had come across. Nothing unusual, but the photograph was from the New York Times, which did seem a … Continue reading

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Robert Burns Clow again

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the fun I had unravelling the garbled story I had heard in Kuching about the death of Robin Burns Clow. Firstly, I’ll own up to making one mistake, the Anti Piracy expedition … Continue reading

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