Queen Victoria
  Trendy hat. Now she needs a domain name.

Spider and flyOctober 19, 2017: Life is often frustrating, isn't it? That tasty morsel is so close, yet impossible to reach. When I created my first website, in early 2000, I expected it to make a fair amount of money, if not a fortune. And I did, in fact, rake in close to $1000, mainly through an affiliate scheme. But the pot of gold, if it existed, eluded me. So these days, my priority is promotion – raising my profile through such programs as FollowLike and SEOClerks – and not worrying too much about finding an additional source of income. Previous blog posts can be found here. – Alan Ireland, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Historical features

Balkan Beast: Bulgaria in World War I, Part 1.
Balkan Beast: Bulgaria in World War I, Part 2.
Britain's Jewish Problem, by M.G. Murchin, 1939.
Catalog of Edwardian Kisses.
Death of a Zeppelin, 1916, Part 1.
Death of a Zeppelin, 1916, Part 2.
Franco-Prussian War, 1870: Cartoons from Punch.
How (not?) to propose marriage.
Ireland in turmoil.
Life and Times of Queen Victoria, Vol 1.
Old postcard: Shameless tea drinkers.
Routledge's rhymes for children, circa 1885.
Scenes from early 19th-century New Zealand.
Victorian architecture: 102 Dorridge Road.
Victorian Bovril advertisements.

  1870: France's back is against the wall.

Index of my other sites

Facebook: Associated site. Chronology of the Muslim community. Memories of an English poet. Financial and other reviews. Redirects to
Pinterest: Associated site. My publications.
Tumblr: Associated site. Redirects to (see below). A bizarre upbringing. Some of my published poems.

Slavery: In war, the fate of the losing side. For more pic-
tures from early Aotearoa / New Zealand, click here.

Victorian foibles and fashions

Cherub drives carThe preeminent Victorian gadget was, of course, the motorcar, shown at left being driven into the 20th century by an ebullient cherub. But there were innumerable others, some of which were picked up and developed by later generations and some of which fell by the wayside. The following are taken from popular Victorian magazines:

Chastity belts for him and her.
Dr. Scott's Electric Corset wards off disease.
Dr. Scott's Electric Flesh Brush makes you tingle.
Madame Rowley's Toilet Mask: The first facelift.
Penile ring: Don't leave home without one.

Variolation and its devotees

Edward JennerThis is a journal of events and quotes from the vaccination controversy, with special reference to New Zealand. The logo depicts the first high priest of vaccination, Edward Jenner (1749-1823), doing his thing. Click on the link to read more, or leave a comment in the intensedebate window below.

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