The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

1920s pic of the day: Nelly the bear cutting capers at London Zoo (1926)

‘Very different from the infantile love of frolic shown by the tiger cubs is the sly, designing playfulness of the brown bear, Nelly. She has learnt by cutting capers she … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

John Bull’s ‘Puppets of the Dope King’ (1922)

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Style, humour and politics – 1920s style

A few images from the fantastic (and usually infuriating) Society magazine from the mid-1920s. All of this is stuff that I’ve come across when I’ve been looking for other bits … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Route 5 to Reading: a Sunday cycling photo essay

Following the NCN Route 5 to Reading on a damp Sunday afternoon An old man’s bike for a Sunday pootle Loaded for the journey: comfort not speed. Signs to follow … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Apache Dance (finale): Will and Carlton jump on it…

The final instalment in an occasional series: Will and Carlton jump on the Sugahill Gang’s ‘Apache’ in the Fresh Prince. Just because I couldn’t *not* post it…

June 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Apache Dance (part 5): Gracie Fields doesn’t want to dance (1934)

The fifth instalment in an occasional series: Gracie Fields doesn’t want to (apache) dance, she just wants to sing. From Queen of Hearts (1934)

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Apache Dance (part 4): ‘Spider’ shakes it down in the Golden Penny Comic (1926)

It was past midnight, yet the café known as “La Vache Mort” (“The Dead Cow”) was a riot of movement and a discord of sound. A jangling piano gave out … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment