In 1887 an unusual case came before the county court at Tiverton in Devon.
Strange tales from the Irish Folklore Archive.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, the chattering barber was a comic stereotype.
The First ever beard and mustache competition?!
The eighteenth century was one of technological innovations. Popular interest in science, new inventions and technologies, had never been so strong, and saw the rising popularity of public science lectures, which often included demonstrations and live experiments.
Hair, whether on the head or the face, was a central component of masculinity.
There has long been a tension between what we might call ‘official’ and ‘lay’ or popular medical practices.
How dare they suppress the hairy honors of the chin?
Facial hair and physiognomy.
Did 18th Century barbers advertise at all?
In May 1869, an article appeared in the St James’ Magazine, provocatively titled ‘Poisonous Hosiery’.
It seems that Paddington Bear might have been right all along, in making sure that he always had “plenty of marmalade sandwiches to keep me going”!
Saltero’s was a feature of the London landscape for over 100 years – long after Salter himself died in 1728.
One from the archives, as we brace ourselves for the annual winter onslaught on the NHS.
One of the most quintessential emblems of the eighteenth century dandy or fop is the snuffbox. By the mid eighteenth century the practice was ubiquitous…and not to everyone’s taste.
Our tale is a cautionary one, involving a very modern form of antisocial behaviour, malice and nuisance, but also retribution. Depending on how you look at it, this is a Georgian story of instant karma…of what might be categorised on a Youtube clip as ‘instant justice’.