Archive for September, 2013

Women munition workers in WW1 – an advert for overalls and the opening of a hostel in Newcastle

Posted on September 24th, 2013 by Amy

We’re fascinated by all the newspaper reports about women munition workers during the First World War. In addition to the news and personal stories, there are some terrific adverts for hiring workers (we always like to know how much money our ancestors were earning) and the clothes that they needed for their work, etc. Included […]

The Discovery of Neptune – 23 September 1846

Posted on September 22nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

At the Berlin Observatory on 23 September 1846, Johann Galle and Heinrich d’Arrest discovered the planet, Neptune – after receiving an urgent letter from Frenchman, Urbain Le Verrier, telling them where to look. After the discovery was made public, there was some wrangling between France and the UK regarding who should be credited with the […]

The Autumn Equinox – 22 September 2013

Posted on September 21st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The autumn equinox takes place on 22 September 2013. To mark the day when the sun crosses to the south side of the equator, here’s a newspaper article from 1904 that reports on the symbolic start of autumn. To learn more about the autumn equinox, read our blog post entitled, ‘The Equinoctial Disturbances of Autumn: […]

H.G. Wells – Born in Kent on 21 September 1866

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, on 21 September 1866. From 1880 to 1883, Wells served his apprenticeship as a draper in Southsea – this was not a happy time in his life, even if the experience inspired him to write Kipps. Here’s a fascinating newspaper article from 1922 in which Wells reflects on […]

Women and Wrinkles – Causes and Cures and Mademoiselle Meta’s £250 Wrinkle Challenge

Posted on September 19th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We like this thoughtful article from 1905 about the causes and cures for women’s wrinkles, and also this advertorial from 1909 about the anti-wrinkling cures discovered by Harriet Meta of Paris and London. Although we do like our many ‘laughter lines’, we are greatly enthused by the £250 challenge issue by Mademoiselle Meta. Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser – […]

Thomas Barnardo – Died on 19 September 1905

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Thomas John Barnardo, the Dublin-born philanthropist who founded the Dr Barnardo’s Homes for poor children, died in London on 19 September 1905 – he was 60 years old. Here are two newspaper tributes to Thomas Barnardo, that were published just days after he passed away. Dundee Courier – Thursday 21 September 1905 Image © THE […]

‘Weird and Wonderful. Strange Manifestations at a Haunted House.’

Posted on September 17th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

When reading newspaper stories in The Archive, our eye is often caught by eye-grabbing headlines. After all, who could be so incurious as not to be drawn to a story like the one below? Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Saturday 31 May 1902 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Thomas Selfridge, the first person to be killed in a powered aeroplane crash – 17 September 1908

Posted on September 16th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 17 September 1908 at Fort Myer, Virginia, Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge became the first person to die in a powered airplane crash – he was 26.   Read newspaper reports about the accident   Selfridge was a passenger on a plane (‘the Wright Flyer’) that was piloted by Orville Wright – reports say that the […]

Abraham Lincoln’s Hat – What It Reveals About His Character…

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We do love finding out about the clothes worn by the great and the good – and what their clothes might reveal about their character. Here is a terrific newspaper article from 1905 that muses on the hat and apparel of Abraham Lincoln. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Saturday 19 August 1905 Image […]

Agatha Christie – Born on 15 September 1890

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, Devon, on 15 September 1890. To celebrate the day, here is a fascinating newspaper article which looks at some of her most famous stories and detectives, and also highlights some of the mistakes made by her famous criminals which led to their undoing. Dundee Courier – Thursday 09 December 1926 […]