The Trickster Prince

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

Intermission

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July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

My co-author is an idiot, and other perils of rewriting

I have two very different reactions when I re-read work that I wrote a few months or years ago. Sometimes I’m genuinely amazed by how much I knew back then. … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Marching with the Kibbo Kift (1927)

One of the many groups who went in search of new ways of living in the decade after the Great War: representatives of the clans and lodges of the Kibbo … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Going underground at Tottenham Court Road station (1924)

You would think they might look more happy: they’re taking a trip to the future on the new escalators at Tottenham Court Road underground station.

July 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

The age of the dream palace arrives in Newham (1927)

1920s cinema architecture at its suburban best: looking across the road at the new Broadway Cinema in Newham, London in 1927.

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Guardsman, the teacher and a brutal assault in a Mayfair flat (1929)

A late night meeting on Piccadilly leads to a brutal attack on an American schoolteacher and a nationwide manhunt for the Guardsman who left his traces at the scene. ‘Brutal … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dr Hannah Brown’s Regulators (1927)

An advert for the “Regulators” sold by Dr Hannah Brown, PHD in 1927. Taken from National Archives: MEPO 3 410: Howard Barron and Annie Bolton convicted of conspiracy and supplying … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment