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

Clip of the Week: January 25, 2023

If any Second Glance History readers have been putting off a haircut or a shave, consider this your call to action: Appendicitis caused by moustaches is the latest curious case just reported to the French Society of Medicine by two Paris surgeons. They declare they recently operated on a patient in whose case the inflammation Read More

Clip of the Week: December 28, 2022

First, they banned dancing (multiple times). Then, they banned alcohol and hat ticklers. Now, not even kissing is allowed?!? It is an annual custom to hold a “social” on Boxing Night. This year the new minister, the Rev. Moffatt Gautrey, decided that the kissing game which had formerly been allowed at the social should not Read More

Clip of the Week: December 14, 2022

A peculiarity about holiday shopping is that a good part of it is always put off until the day or two before Christmas or even till Christmas eve, when there is a grand rush on the stores, and everything is sold and bought in confusion. – The Morning News, December 15, 1895 If you, like Read More

Clip of the Week: November 30, 2022

What do you drink when it’s too cold for sangria but too early in the year to break out the eggnog? Vegetables not only contain stimulants but are capable of producing an intoxicating influence on those who depend on them exclusively for food, according to an investigator. He cites a case in which some young Read More

Clip of the Week: November 16, 2022

If you live in a country that celebrated Veterans/Armistice/Remembrance Day last week, it’s time for a pop quiz: What is the most appropriate way to commemorate the end of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history? I can see you looking at your neighbor’s paper—no cheating! When you’ve circled your answer, read on to Read More

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