Category Archives: United Kingdom

A Wonderful Invention

Source: ‘A Wonderful Invention: The Cinématographe of M. Lumière’, The Sketch, 18 March 1896, p. 323 Text: A WONDERFUL INTENTION. THE CINÉMATOGRAPHE OF M. LUMIÈRE. Although unwilling to quarrel with William Shakspere about his statement that the rose would smell … Continue reading

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Delight

Source: J.B. Priestley, Delight (London: William Heinneman, 1949), pp. 36-38 Text: One afternoon, nearly twenty years ago, some long-forgotten business took me to Golders Green, and when I had finished and was walking towards the Tube station there came a … Continue reading

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Gone to the Pictures

Source: Hilda Lewis, Gone to the Pictures (London: Jarrolds, 1946), pp. 23-27 Text: Suddenly Lena stopped. Here was another of those blacked-in shops like the one opposite Mr. Dicks. The window was pasted all over with bills; but they were … Continue reading

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New Chapter in Wireless History

Source: ‘A Wireless Correspondent’, ‘New Chapter in Wireless History’, Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 1 October 1929, p. 5 Text: NEW CHAPTER IN WIRELESS HISTORY. Television Demonstrated. SEEING AND HEARING AT THE SAME TIME. [By a Wireless Correspondent]. The first public broadcast … Continue reading

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Light Visible and Invisible

Source: Silvanus Thompson, Light Visible and Invisible: a series of lectures delivered at the Royal institution of Great Britain, at Christmas, 1896, with additional lectures (London: Macmillan, 1912, 2nd ed. [orig. pub. 1897]), pp. 97-99 Text: Another example of effects … Continue reading

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Industrial Town

Source: Charles Forman, Industrial Town: Self Portrait of St Helens in the 1920s (London: Paladin Books, 1979 [orig. pub. 1978]), pp. 120-121 Text: THE JOINER, BORN c. 1905 My brother and I used to get 1½d every Saturday to go … Continue reading

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