The Trickster Prince

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

Fear and loathing in the Detective Magazine (1925)

The fantastic front cover of the Amalgamated Press’s Detective Magazine from 13 March 1925. Edited by the crime aficionado George Dilnot, the magazine ran from November 1922 until May 1925.

November 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Airships and agriculture (1929)

The British airship the R100 moored to its mast at Cardington in Bedfordshire. Built in Howden as part of the Imperial Airship Scheme, the R100 made its first flight in … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Perhaps! A little fashion fantasy (1922-3)

Perhaps! A little fashion fantasy (1922-3) Something a bit different today: as always I’m slightly late but yesterday marked 90 years since the British archaeologist and his wealthy patron Lord … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside (1922)

Not exactly seasonal but I liked this weirdly vibrant colour postcard of Marine Terrace in Margate in 1922.

November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

The hubris of the conman turned criminologist (1927)

The hubris of the inveterate confidence trickster Netley Lucas takes material form in the front page of the first (and only) issue of The Criminologist in the spring of 1927. … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Luring lips, he loves me not (1921)

A scene from the 1921 film “Luring Lips,” featuring Edith Roberts and Darrel Foss.

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lives, stories and histories

I bought these three scrapbooks online a few years ago. There are three of them, each full of individual photographs and pages cut from magazines and newspapers and laboriously pasted … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 6 Comments