Read a Book, You may Live Longer.

Let’s face it: People who love to read have long felt superior to those who would rather watch Television than crack a good book. Now, reports The Guardian’s Alison Flood, there’s a new reason to justify those late nights binge reads and long library trips: Reading could help you live longer. A new study in […]

Civil War Veteran and writer ‘Bitter Bierce’ simply Disappeared in 1914.

Best known for his short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the journalist and author earned the nickname “Bitter Bierce” for his sarcastic, biting wit. (“Brain: an apparatus with which we think that we think.”). The Civil War veteran also had a morbid fascination with horror and death, both of which became recurring themes […]

Old Guv versus News Ltd. Footy Match on a Wet Sunday Arvo, 1950s.

I can remember Les Hawes, Superintendent at the time, getting us all together before our first football match and telling us that there would be no injuries during any match. If there was an injury there would be no sick leave paid. We all complained to no avail. Don Loose broke an arm, I suffered […]

Leaving the Opera in Year 2000 by Albert Robida.

A print from around 1882 depicting a futuristic view of air travel over Paris as people leave the opera. Many types of aircraft are shown including flying buses, limousines and, what are presumably, police vehicles. On the latter are mounted strangely un-futuristic sword-carrying officers that wouldn’t seem out of place on the Opera’s stage itself. […]

Boston’s Steam-Powered Cop Cars.

It’s easy to forget that a century ago, gasoline-powered cars didn’t completely dominate the automobile market. In 1900, roughly 40 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. were steam-powered. And in fact, when the Boston police bought one of the country’s first cop cars in 1903 it was running on steam. About 40% of […]

Fanny Trollope an early Feminist.

Forced by financial hardships to write, Fanny Trollope, who died 150 years ago, produced 40 novels and travel books at the rate of two a year. “Let it be as bad as it will, I shall get something for it,” was her attitude. She was a natural. That she could rescue her debt-ridden menage this […]

Ian Grunert.

Ian Grunert was born on 2 October, 1954, somewhere deep in the bowels of Richmond. This sickly looking boy with red hair and freckles was the second child of Ernie and Aileen Grunert. Their first born was sister Julie. The Grunert family were nice people, but couldn’t work out what they had done wrong to […]

The ever Reliable Chandler & Price Letterpress

In 1881 Cleveland, Ohio, USA was a major industrial center and home to a fledgling company run by Harrison T. Chandler and William H. Price. Like other printing equipment makers of the day, the Chandler & Price ‘old series’ letterpress was based on the Gordon Jobber design whose patent had expired. Unlike the others though, […]

“Metropolis” the Movie Poster, 1927.

Here we have the first appearance of arguably the most beautiful poster ever designed, by German graphic artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm. This is the domestic German three-sheet for Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis from 1927, which sold for $357,750 in 2000. Photograph: Moviestore Collection / Rex Feat See more outstanding art via The 10 most expensive […]

These Three ‘Tough’ Guys were a Joke.

At King William Road before the start bell went, most of the Comps would stand on the Bridge that went across to the Hot Metal Chute. One particular week a Leather clad youth passed by on the footpath. Seeing the unfortunate passerby, three of the toughest and hardest apprentices that the Old Guv had produced […]