Insights in Iceland

Another Wednesday, another post coming to you from a random corner of the world. You could be forgiven for thinking Second Glance History has turned into a travel blog.  I promise we’ll resume our regularly scheduled programming of poison-detecting guinea pigs and singing dogs soon. But for today, join me in discovering how much more there Read More

Ambling around Amsterdam

One of the most misunderstood cities in Europe is Amsterdam. For some reason or other this bright capital of the cut diamond has failed to make a vivid impression on the consciousness of the tourist world, yet it has an extraordinary beauty and variety all its own. – The Evening Post, April 11, 1935 Having Read More

Crêpe and Punishcake

What’s better for defending your home than an assault rifle? Why, a-syrup rifle, of course! A Paris message says: An elderly lady, Mme. Mouillebois, was engaged in frying pancakes in her rooms in the Rue de la Maison Blance on Saturday, when she was alarmed by hearing the door of her flat open. A man Read More

CSI: Valencia

Sunscreen? ✔ Duolingo app for Spanish? ✔ The song “O Valencia!” on repeat? ✔ Crime scene investigation kit? X Doh, I knew I was forgetting to pack something. Fortunately for me, I’m in good hands, er, paws on my weekend jaunt with the Valencian Lassie. The sagacity of a dog has brought to justice a 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 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

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