Category Archives: Historical

Historical posts about various things. Not biographical.

Poor little apple

The church we visited in Dalarö on Saturday has a rich maritime history. This would be because a lot of ships were wrecked in the harbour. In fact, marine divers can do a tour of many of the wrecks. There’s … Continue reading

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Schools for girls

In 1840 The Royal Female School for the Daughters of Naval and Marine Officers opened. It had been the idea of Admiral Sir Thomas Williams who realised that, due to various wars and general shipboard life, some ex-Naval officers would … Continue reading

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On the Clyde

Today was mostly about a Scottish shipyard at Fairfield Farm. It was on the banks of the Clyde, at Govan, not far from Glasgow, and produced all manner of ships. The business really started off in 1834, as Randolph, Elliott … Continue reading

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The Big Bird Hat Boycott

In the late 19th century, it became all the rage for women’s hats to be trimmed with bird feathers. This fashion even extended to hummingbird skins, which flooded the British hat market from America. As an example, in 1911, more … Continue reading

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25 years of numb

Prozac turned 25 this year. It started being sold in the US, following a fair bit of testing and a year in Belgium, in January 1988. Prozac itself is merely a brand name (like Aspirin) for Fluoxetine. Clearly that name … Continue reading

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