September 2013 – Page 2 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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

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 below is an advert for the overalls that munition workers required, and also a story about the opening of a hostel in Newcastle in 1916

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The Discovery of Neptune – 23 September 1846

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 discovery of the new planet. To mark this historic day, here is a newspaper story from October 1846 that reports on the discovery of Neptune.

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The Autumn Equinox – 22 September 2013

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: What Is the Mystery Force Behind Them?’ Aberdeen Journal – Friday 23 September 1904 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000576/19040923/083/0007

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

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 his time working as a draper, and tries (reluctantly and endearingly) to offer advice to the drapers of the day. Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 18

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

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 – Wednesday 27 September 1905 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000527/19050927/072/0006 Cheltenham Looker-On – Saturday 07 August 1909 Image © Local World

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Thomas Barnardo – Died on 19 September 1905

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 BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000164/19050921/099/0007 Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser – Wednesday 27 September 1905 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS

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

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. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000206/19020531/157/0015

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

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 cause of the crash was a broken propeller. To mark this sad day, here is a newspaper story – published on 19 September 1908 –

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

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 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000206/19050819/186/0014

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Agatha Christie – Born on 15 September 1890

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 Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000564/19261209/124/0006 Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 10 April 1928 Image © D.C.Thomson

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