Pekingese women

A group of 'Pekingese' women: Photograph from Things Seen in China, by J.R. Chitty, 1912. A little early for a great domain name from

Palestine coinDecember 23, 2017: The coinage of Palestine is just another reminder of a country destroyed by the United Nations partition plan of 1947, which effectively gave the whole country to "Israel". (The Jewish colonists took two bites at the cake – in 1948 and 1967 – and finally swallowed the lot.) A glimpse of the lost civilization of the Palestinians can be found in my Palestine Gallery below. Previous blog posts are here. – Alan Ireland, Palmerston North, New Zealand

English political meeting
English political rally: From Hand and Heart, 1896.

Historical features

Punch with booksMany of the cartoons in this section are from bound volumes of Punch, which could still be picked up for a few dollars in New Zealand in the 1990s. At the time, I was planning to open a bookshop called Autumn Leaves. Then the internet came along, and I decided to sell online. The books were originally bought at garage and library sales. More info.

Balkan Beast: Bulgaria in World War I, Part 1.
Balkan Beast: Bulgaria in World War I, Part 2.
Britain's Jewish Problem, by M.G. Murchin, 1939.
Catalog of Edwardian Kisses.
Death of a Zeppelin, 1916, Part 1.
Death of a Zeppelin, 1916, Part 2.
Delhi in the 1850s. Map of British India forces.
Franco-Prussian War, 1870: Cartoons from Punch.
History of the New Zealand School Dental Service.
India in the 1700s: Collection of engravings.

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Ireland in turmoil: Collection of engravings.
John Bull holds door against women's suffrage.
Life and Times of Queen Victoria, Vol 1.
Queen Victoria: Early pictures.
Routledge's rhymes for children, circa 1885.
Russians in New Zealand, 1820.
Scenes from early 19th-century NZ (1) (2).
The Japan Times in the late 1960s.
The Japan Times Monogatari, 1966.
ジャパン タイムズ ものがたり.
Victorian architecture: 102 Dorridge Road.
Victorian Bovril advertisements.
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  1870: France's back is against the wall.

Index of other sites

Buy Backlinks: Improve your ranking.
Sell Text Links: Monetize your site. The view from the crow's nest.
current affairs: A record of my reading. Chronology of the Muslim community. Some of my published poems.
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Slavery: In war, the fate of the losing side. For more pic-
tures from early Aotearoa / New Zealand, click here.

Victorian foibles and fashions

Cherub drives carThe preeminent Victorian gadget was, of course, the motorcar, shown at left being driven into the 20th century by an ebullient cherub. But there were innumerable others, some of which were picked up and developed by later generations and some of which fell by the wayside. The following are taken from popular Victorian magazines:

Chastity belts for him and her.
Dr Sanden's Electric Belt.
Dr. Scott's Electric Corset wards off disease.
Dr. Scott's Electric Flesh Brush makes you tingle.
Dr. Scott's Electric Girdle revitalizes.
Foot's Adjustable Rest-Chair.
Health Jolting Chair is great shakes.
Ladies' Handbook of Home Treatment, 347-353.
Madame Rowley's Toilet Mask: The first facelift.
Penile ring: Don't leave home without one.

Indian dancing girl
India in the 1700s-1800s: Scenes from Cassel's Illustrated History of India, Vol. I, by James Grant, published in 1876. Click here to view the gallery.
(The above picture shows a girl performing the
"egg dance". Click it to see it in full size.)

Variolation and its devotees

Edward JennerThis is a journal of events and quotes from the vaccination controversy, with special reference to New Zealand. The logo depicts the first high priest of vaccination, Edward Jenner (1749-1823), doing his thing. Click on to read more. Forum

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