Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cartoon of the Week

Something else from the endlessly fascinating Public Domain Review site, this time from the 1850s. For more information about the book, go to https://publicdomainreview.org/2015/02/25/the-eternal-guffaw-john-leech-and-the-comic-history- of-rome/

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Book(s) of the Month

Since my earlier post on Phrenology, I have been reading a couple of books about similarly obscure causes which would have been part of the package of most self-respecting radicals of the the Victorian period. Both involve challenges to medical … Continue reading

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Guest Post

This is a contribution from Dave George, an Australian historian who wrote a PhD thesis on a now forgotten English radical John Baxter Langley. In this post he introduces one of my favourite types of characters, the Victorian Scoundrel Count … Continue reading

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You need your brain examined

Looking back to the 19th century, there were many social and political causes that now seem, at best, curious and at worst bizarre and ridiculous. As science and capitalism progressed, they brought all sorts of questions, debates and answers. With … Continue reading

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Cartoon of the Week: Cartoon Characters

In the UK in the late 19th century, political cartoons were prolifically pasted around a constituency during an election. This is one of 270 in a spectacular collection held by Leeds Public Library. It shows a third party candidate – … Continue reading

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