Clip of the Week: May 31, 2023

We know what happens to a marriage when a wife has 35 cats, but what about when she has 27 dogs? Answer: the unauthorized sequel to “One Hundred and One Dalmatians.” Dogs to sing a chorus and harmonize domestic infelicity, was an arrangement advised by Magistrate Breen in West Chester police court yesterday. The idea Read More

Clip of the Week: May 17, 2023

This guy puts the “petty” in Pettibone: Some New York man has been having fun at the expense of the editors of that city. Knowing the eagerness with which republican editors publish letters from democrats who have turned republican, “A. C. Pettibone” wrote a letter to a republican paper in which he said he had Read More

The Danish Deadhead

On a recent visit to Copenhagen, I fell in love with the scenic waterfront, the pastries, the castles and gardens, the pastries, the attractive men, and did I mention the pastries? While none of these are fodder for a history blog, they did send me scurrying to the historical newspapers. There, I stumbled across a Read More

Two Arms Are Better Than One: A Play in One Act

Second Glance History’s brand-new, ripped-from-the-headlines production has as much nail-biting suspense as 2019’s “Behind Enemy Lines” and as much heart as 2020’s “Letters from the Front Lines.” Five out of five stars! – A totally real and not at all imaginary theater critic Special thanks to the Stark Country Democrat (July 29, 1880) for the Read More

Clip of the Week: April 5, 2023

Before there was Beyoncé, there was the original single lady: Old Polly Thompson, of Camberwell Workhouse, is the “oldest lady in the land,” for on Monday she celebrates the 107th anniversary of her birthday, and is still hale and hearty. A photograph of the old woman was taken the other day and forwarded to her Read More

Clip of the Week: March 22, 2023

Today’s post as it all*: Stalking! A high-speed carriage chase! Grand theft! An underdeveloped romantic subplot! * Second Glance History is not responsible in any way, shape or form for the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability or completeness of the above information. Read at your own risk. A lady and her daughter, while shopping in Regent Read More

Clip of the Week: March 8, 2023

The most understudied presidential assassination attempt in U.S. history: that time President Grover Cleveland and Frances Cleveland were battered with a weapon of mass confection. During the visit of President Cleveland and Mrs Cleveland to the fair grounds at St Louis the other day, Mrs Cleveland, who was seated along with her husband in a Read More

Clip of the Week: February 22, 2023

A dog is a man’s best friend. . . and best tax collector: An amusing ceremony took place in Brussels recently, when the Mayor called on a well-known public-house to bestow a municipal medal on the publican’s dog. The dog has for some time been a most industrious collector on behalf of a municipal social Read More

Romeo Gone Wrong

It’s that time of year again: cliché greeting cards, overpriced supermarket chocolate and for Second Glance History readers, cringeworthy tales of all the ways love can turn sour. History teaches us that all it takes is a misplaced coffin, one small yawn at your wedding or a passing resemblance to your mother, and you might Read More

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