The Trickster Prince

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

Rescue teams after an explosion at Maltby Main Colliery (1923)

On 28 July 1923 an explosion at Maltby Main Colliery in South Yorkshire took the lives of 27 miners. This photograph shows one of the local rescue at the scene. … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Adverts and tenements in Edinburgh (1927)

Advertising hoardings on the end wall of a row of tenements in Gifford Park, Edinburgh. The photographs were taken as part of the survey that preceded the St Leonard’s Clearance … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Moving on / writing on

It’s almost four weeks since I moved now. I arrived in Birmingham at the start of September, leaving Oxford behind for a new job in a new city—and, I hope, … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

A ward in Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital (1920s)

Caring for the sick in this photograph of a ward in the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

All for Abdulla’s: cigarette advertising and the ‘bobbed hair bandit’ (1926)

The fashionable modern woman becomes a dangerous but allured ‘bobbed hair bandit’ in this advert for ‘Abdulla’s Superb Cigarettes’, published in Tatler on 14 April 1926.

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

On men, make-up and the “imitation woman”

After spending most of the past few months working on the book I’ve changed gear this week, returning to some of my older research to (re)write something on material culture, … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stevenson’s ginger beer and the Paisley snail (1928)

May Donoghue found a snail in her ginger beer. Taking a day trip out of Glasgow one Sunday in August 1928 she caught up with a friend in the Wellmeadow … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment