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Defying Superstitions – London’s Thirteen Club

We have all fallen victim to superstitions.  I avoid walking under ladders, never open an umbrella indoors, and dread spilling salt at the table.  Even Napoleon was influenced by superstitions.  Once when he was separated from his beloved Josephine, a picture of her fell over, and with haste, Napoleon sent a message to Josephine to make sure she was well.  A look through The British Newspaper Archive proves that people of all walks of life have been touched by fear

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Friday the 13th – Historical Newspaper Stories and a Calming Cartoon

Uh-oh! It’s that day again. To calm the nerves (we hope!), here is a newspaper cartoon that advises us that Friday 13th is just another day, and also a report about some of the very interesting superstitions observed in the 1930s on these spooky days. You can also read our blog post entitled, ‘Friday the 13th Stories, Traditions and Superstitions’. Dundee Courier – Friday 13 April 1934 Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY

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