Category Archives: 1900-1920

Surprising facts about my favorite authors: The Jerome K. Jerome Edition

I discovered Jerome K. Jerome after reading Connie Willis’ comic time-travel novel To Say Nothing of the Dog, in which Jerome and his boat full of fellow travelers, canine and otherwise, have an extended cameo. Willis pulled the title of her … Continue reading

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Surprising facts about my favorite authors: The Agatha Christie Edition

Did you know that Agatha Christie and her husband may have been among the first Britons to learn how to surf standing up?* Me either. According to Pete Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing, Agatha Christie and her … Continue reading

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1901 Boston time capsule unearthed — last October

At the risk of sharing old news, while taking a break from drafting The Chronicles of Ebenezer Rabbit this week, I stumbled across an article describing the contents of a 113-year shoebox-sized time capsule unearthed outside the Boston State House back in October. The … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lives They Left Behind

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic By Darby Penney & Peter Stastny Photographs by Lisa Rinzler Bellevue Literary Press, 2008 The Six-Year-Old has been stuck at home most of the week with a nasty cold, … Continue reading

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Have you seen this window?

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. On June 5, 1904, the Congregational Church of Needham unveiled the Greene Memorial Window during the regular Sunday morning service. The window was given to the church by Miss Marietta R. Greene … Continue reading

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1907: The Ceremonial Burning of the Mortgage

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. When I think of special church services, I think of Christmas, Easter, baptisms, and weddings. I don’t think of the ceremonial burning of financial documents. That’s really more a private thing. So … Continue reading

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Was Walter Potter related to Beatrix Potter?

Cross-posted to Caterpickles. Hey it’s NaNoWriMo. I’ve got be careful how I use my time. 🙂 When I learned recently of a Victorian taxidermist named Walter Potter who delighted in crafting ornate scenes using preserved animals dressed in period costume, … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Play Sports Nor Smoke Tobacco

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. The Great Pastoral Coup d’Etat of 1903 Every once in a while I come across something in the archives of the Congregational Church of Needham that reminds me how very different life … Continue reading

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