Category Archives: Decades

New Chapter in Wireless History

Source: ‘A Wireless Correspondent’, ‘New Chapter in Wireless History’, Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 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 of television took … 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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The “Theatrograph” in Court

Source: ‘The “Theatreograph” in Court’, The Era, 18 July 1896, p. 7 Text: At the Clerkenwell County Court, on Tuesday, Robert William Paul, of 44, Hatton-garden, inventor and patentee of the “theatrograph,” and well known for his exhibitions at Olympia, … Continue reading

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The Night Side of Europe

Source: Karl Kingsley Kitchen, The Night Side of Europe, as seen by a Broadwayite abroad (Cleveland: The David Gibson company, 1914), pp. 161-162 Text: Damascus boasts of three theatres — all cinemas, as the “movies” are called in the Orient. … Continue reading

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A Pound of Paper

Source: John Baxter, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict (London: Doubleday, 2002), pp. 103-106 Text: But then, around 1965, whatever it was that made the Sixties such a distinctive decade began to work its liberating magic on … 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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