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19th and early 20th Century

Transcripts in this section are not categorised.
Call it a mixed bag, lucky dip or what you will :)


Royal Societies Club, 1897
Almost 1400 members' names listed alphabetically

From the Illustrated London News, May 1847, with illustration
New Racecourse at Manchester
with links to more info

From the Illustrated London News, January 1859, with illustrations
On the deck of Brunel's SS Great Eastern
Refuge for Homeless and Destitute Children, London
Fashions for the New Year
all with links to more info

Famous Fairs and their Origins
from Wonderful Britain
(unknown date, possibly 1930s — includes photos)

From the Strand Magazine, ca. 1891
At the Animals' Hospital (Royal Veterinary College)
The Home for Lost Dogs (Battersea Dogs' Home)

Diseases of artisans employed in working in metals
from the Penny Magazine, 1836

The Woollen Industry
from the 1900 Annual of the Co-operative Wholesale Societies Limited (CWS)
(quite lengthy but fairly 'readable' article split into three parts, covering not only the history of the woollen industry, weaving, and associated inventions, but also describing the various processes; so if your ancestors were 'carders', 'fullers', etc, here's an idea of what these trades and occupations entailed; also a few illustrations and various trade statistics from the 18th and 19th centuries)

The poor man's divorce
The article refers to British law, though the source is a
1909 issue of the North-China Herald

Pearls of Wisdom: proverbs and sayings from Victorian times
Extracted from Moore's Improved Weather Almanack, 1851

Tree-ology, a trees riddle
A puzzle involving tree names, printed in Notes & Queries, 1888.
Can you help to solve it, or supply the full version?

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