The Trickster Prince

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

Rudolf Gilberto starring in a CLOSE SHAVE (1929)

The power of advertising and the allure of Rudolf Gilberto in this advert from John Bull in 1929.

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

One rant, two tweets, and the exploitation of the historian’s labour

This rant has been a long time coming. It is occasioned by two tweets. Here is the first: Here is the second (it’s the one in the middle, by Tim … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 26 Comments

There and back: bikepacking by numbers

In which Adam and Matt decide that it’s a good idea to head out into mid-Wales on a bikepacking trip in torrential rain, gales, hail and generally all round grimness. … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

The biography of a book chapter: a short photo essay

      It starts with the sources and stories; that’s where it always starts. Not stories that exist full-formed and discerned. No. These are stories that exist always-already in-the-process-of-becoming; … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · 92 Comments

Grinning at the guilelessness of the American Society woman (1924)

Some “Odd Tricks” are afoot in C. Gifford Ambler’s fantastic illustration for the Detective Magazine in 1924.

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment