1. Mobile historian Over the past twelve months I have needed history to be a consolation and a solace more than ever. It has been a brutal year in many … Continue reading
Compare and contrast: 1. Miss Nancy Kenyon in Henry Cecil’s Book of Beauty (1928): 2. The adventuress, social climber and convicted fraudster Josephine O’Dare in the World’s Pictorial News (1927) Society status … Continue reading
A bit of 1920s material culture: a porcelain dog’s head whistle made by the Royal Worcester company. What a fine fellow of a hound he is.
Here’s the poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s fantastic film Blackmail (1929) — the first all-talkie full length film produced in Great Britain. Well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it … Continue reading
“[T]his experience of the past may come into being by a movement comprising at the same time the discovery and a recovery of the past. Historical experience involves, in the first place, a Gestalt-switch … Continue reading
For some reason this image disturbs me a great deal: the front cover for John Laurence’s Everyday Swindles, published as a cheap paperback from C. Arthur Pearson in 1921.
We need to talk Netley. It’s not me—not this time, no; it’s you Netley. Because I’ve tried so hard to make this work over the past eight years but then, … Continue reading
The striking image of Miss Pounds in Hugh Cecil’s series of photographs (and poems) published as The Book of Beauty in 1926.