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6 terrible love tips from history’s lonely hearts

Lonely hearts columns aren’t a modern phenomenon. Search our historical newspapers and you’ll find numerous examples of ‘matrimonial advertisements’ from the 1800s and 1900s. The notices can often make for amusing reading. We’ve collected together a few of our favourites to provide you with some tips for finding love. You may or may not want to take the advice…   1) Be overly specific and insulting An American woman advertised for a husband in 1920, advising that he ‘can have

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How to search The British Newspaper Archive for a person’s name

Newspaper articles can provide incredible detail about peoples’ lives, whether you’re looking for your ancestors or researching a particular character from history. Watch this short video tutorial or follow the steps below to see how you can search the newspapers for a person’s name:   Search for a person’s name –>   Searching newspaper articles for an ancestor or person from history   Enter the name of the person you’re looking for in the search bar at the top of the homepage. Put a

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Join us for a week of prize giveaways, starting on Saturday 27 December

We’ll be giving away some fantastic prizes and celebrating the different types of research our newspapers can help with next week. Simply check The British Newspaper Archive’s Facebook page at 12pm (GMT) every day from Saturday 27 December – Friday 2 January to take part.   Visit The British Newspaper Archive’s Facebook page   Win some great prizes with The British Newspaper Archive There are lots of exciting gifts on offer, whether you’re interested in genealogy, local history, studying World

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Women in New Zealand Vote in the General Election of 28 November 1893

On 28 November 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world in modern times to give women the vote in a general election. To mark this historic day, here are two newspaper stories that report on the New Zealand General Election of 1893, and also a report on the passing of the legislation in September that same year. The papers reported that women gave their votes to candidates who professed Christianity and advocated temperance. Sheffield Daily Telegraph –

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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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