Robert Owen gave ‘Dignity to Labour.’

Robert Owen, the son of a saddler and ironmonger from Newtown in Wales, was born on 14th May, 1771. Robert was an intelligent boy who did very well at his local school, but at the age of ten, his father sent him to work in a large drapers in Stamford, Lincolnshire. After spending three years […]

Burston Strike School, 1914-1939.

The Burston Schoolchildren march in support of Kitty and Tom Higdon. The longest strike in history was not staged by miners but by minors – the children of a small village in Norfolk. Pictured: Tom and Kitty Higdon in 1938, not long before Tom’s death. On 1 April, 1914, pupils of the Burston village school, […]

The Lotto…and the Winner is?

Note: This is my best recollection of this story, a few names may be incorrect and the rating system might be wrong. Getting one over John Buckby was never an easy task. You had to be 100% sure of your facts and then be prepared for the backlash from the Chinese one. At one stage […]

The History of Nursing as told by Postcards.

A postcard exhibit at the National Library of Medicine shows how the cultural perception of nurses has changed over the decades. By Helen Thompson Florence Nightingale knew how to work the press. The Times first painted her as an iconic female healer—the “lady with the lamp”—for her work in the Crimean War in the 1850s. […]

A Workers’ Demonstration held in Paris, circa 1900.

A Workers’ Demonstration held in Paris, France, frères Seeberger, c. 1900 photographic paper, h 84mm × w 113mm. Click link for further details. via Workers’ Demonstration, Paris, frères Seeberger, c. 1900 – Press -Collected Works of Mattie Boom – All Rijksstudio’s – Rijksstudio – Rijksmuseum

The Rowing-Bath (1916).

Touted as the “newest contribution to the enjoyment of living”, news of the ingenious “rowing-bath” comes to us from the pages of a 1916 edition of The Popular Science Monthly. Consisting of what amounts to some sort of a metal dustpan tied by a rubber cord to the taps, the device promises to secure “the […]

The Bethlehem Hospital or ‘Bedlam’ was founded in 1247.

Bedlam, as depicted in the final scene in Hogarth’s cycle A Rake’s Progress (1723-1725). The Bethlehem Hospital, or Bedlam as it is more commonly known, is Europe’s oldest extant psychiatric hospital and has operated continuously for over 600 years. It was founded in London in 1247 during the reign of Henry III, as the priory of the […]

Charles Steinmetz, Mathematics & Engineering Wizard, 1865-1923.

He stood just four feet tall, his body contorted by a hump in his back and a crooked gait, and his stunted torso gave the illusion that his head, hands and feet were too big. But he was a giant among scientific thinkers, counting Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison as friends, and his […]

Did Man Evolve because that Asteroid wiped out the Dinosaurs?

A hadrosaur Skeleton, Field Museum (Credit: Lisa Andres) by Paul Rodgers. Dinosaurs would be walking the Earth today if it weren’t for a “colossal” piece of bad luck. Had the asteroid that brought their reign to an end struck at “a more convenient time” they could well have survived the cataclysm, according to new research. […]

The 1947 Train of The Future.

by Matt Novak In 21st century America, train travel isn’t seen as very futuristic. But in the years after World War II, trains were right up there with airplanes as the coolest in luxurious transportation of tomorrow. And in 1947 Americans got a peek at what was promised to be their train-bound future. It was […]