Category Archive '19th Century'

21 Nov 2015

19th Century Social Media

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Watson reads the newspaper to Holmes and Jabez Wilson

In the 19th century, safe and anonymous communication was achieved via classified advertisements in the daily newspapers.

In the Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock Holmes often turned to them for clues.

Adventure of the Red Circle:

He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. “Dear me,” said he, turning over the pages, “what a chorus of groans, cries, and bleatings! A rag-bag of singular happening! But surely the most valuable hunting ground that was ever given to a student of the unusual.”

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More examples

And more

still more

23 Mar 2015

Two Older Citizens of Massachusetts

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Daguerreotype of Judge Samuel Putnam, 1768-1853, Lowell Family Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard.

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Daguerreotype of Sarah Putnam, Lowell Family Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard.

Hat tip to My Ear Trumpet.


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