Archive | August, 2013

‘Grand Canyon of Greenland’ discovered under ice sheet – NBC

31 Aug

Grand Canyon of Greenland discovered! New things are being discovered everyday.




Fanny Mills : The Big Footed Girl

30 Aug

Fanny Mills : The Big Footed Girl

 “Born in 1860, Fanny Mills was the daughter of English immigrants who settled near Sandusky, Ohio. She had a condition called Milroy disease, which restricts development of the lymph vessels in the legs and causes fluid build-up. Fanny was a petite woman who weighed but 115 pounds, yet she wore size 30 shoes, each pair made from three goat skins, with pillowcases as socks.”

Photo by Charles Eisenmann, 1880s (Mitchell)


Digitizing the Hanging Court

30 Aug

Digitizing the Hanging Court

“Cutpurses! Blackguards! Fallen women! The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is an epic chronicle of crime and vice in early London. Now anyone with a computer can search all 52 million words…The Old Bailey (in 1809) was the venue for more than 100,000 criminal trials between 1674 and 1834, including all death penalty cases.”



30 Aug


 Prostitution has been around almost since the dawn of time.  It has been called the world’s oldest profession…other would debate that. However it existed and that’s why it earns a spot on this history blog.

10 Great Sites for Bored History Nerds – Flavorwire

30 Aug

If you’re crazy about history like I am, take a look at the site

19th-Century Samurai Training Text Deciphered | LiveScience

29 Aug

Sumurai Training text deciphered!!!


GUYANA INDENTURED SERVANTS “From Whence They Left: Paying homage to Indentured Servants 1834-1920”

28 Aug

GUYANA INDENTURED SERVANTS “From Whence They Left: Paying homage to Indentured Servants 1834-1920”

“The Indian indentureship program started as early as 1834. By 1839, about 6,100 labourers, of whom only 100 were women, arrived in Mauritius, Australia and British Guiana. By 1916-1917, the period preceding the abolition of Indian indentureship, 1,194,957 labourers had left India on ships, many of which had been slavers, and transported to Mauritius, British Guiana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, the Colony of Natal, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Reunion Island, Surinam, Fiji, Australia, East Africa and the Seychelles. Those emigrants, departed for personal reasons, with a variety of dreams and aspirations, as immigrants do, that drove them to seek out a new life. They left loved ones behind forever, setting the stage for the evolution of a diaspora that today touches every corner of the world, and encompasses decorated and recognized professionals, prominent world leaders, entrepreneurs and academics, to touch on only a few professions in which they excel. With the passage of time, and 176 years between then and now, much has been forgotten, and little has been done to preserve that aspect of Indian emigration, apart from scholarly works and academic studies on the subject of Indian indentureship and the answer it provided the British plantocracy’s labour question during the post-abolition period.”

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