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Broadside ballad entitled ‘All Other Hearts Seem Glad but Mine’

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Verse 1: ‘Long years have passed since we first met, / It breaks my heart to think of thee, / I am sure you cannot yet forget / The pleasant hours you spent with me. / Year after year glides swiftly past, / And not one word you’ve sent to me, / Clouds o’er my sunny path are cast, / My love has crossed the dark blue sea.’ This ballad was written by Mr J Macguire of Dundee, and was to be sung to the air ‘I’m lonely since my mother died’. It was published at 190 and 192 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet’s Box. for more click here

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Broadside ballad entitled ‘The Broth av a Boy’

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This ballad begins: ‘I am one that bears an illigant name, / And who dare say ’tis not; / I was born one day in Limerick town, / In a neat little mud-built cot.’ It was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny. for more click here

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Monday, December 31st, 2012

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Death of the Desert Fox: Rommel’s son’s account of his father’s last moments after Hitler ordered him to take a cyanide pill or be arrested

Monday, December 31st, 2012

A poignant account of the German general Erwin Rommel being led away to his death told by his teenage son has been discovered.

In a revealing letter written by Manfred Rommel, he tells of his father’s last moments after he was ordered to commit suicide by Adolf Hitler.

His father explained to him he had to poison himself after being implicated in a plot to assassinate the Nazi dictator. for more click here

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Ringing in the new year celebrity style! Nostalgic black-and-white photographs show how starlets of the silver screen and even Einstein celebrated on December 31

Monday, December 31st, 2012

When New Year’s Eve rolls around, it’s just as important to be with someone dear when the clock strikes midnight as it is to be in the proper place.

These black and white pictures from yesteryear show society’s elite – from stars of the silver screen to painters and everything in between – surrounded by loved ones and plenty of champagne.

From Albert Einstein to Betty Hutton to Jane Wyman, these pictures show how some notable names rang in the next year. for more click here

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Broadside regarding the execution of Helen Marishal

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

This execution notice begins: ‘THE / Last SPEECH and CONFESSION / AND / DYING WORDS / OF HELLEN MARISHAL / Who was executed at the Grass-Market of Edinburgh, upon the Thirty Day of March, One thousand Seven hundred and twenty, for the Crime of Murdering her own Child.’ This sheet was printed in Edinburgh, at the bottom of Horse Wynd, in 1720. for more click here

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Broadside concerning the execution of Christopher Layer

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

This execution notice begins: ‘A True and Exact / COPY / OF THE / PAPER / Delivered by / CHRISTOPHER LAYER, / At the Place of EXECUTION, &c./ Inclosed in a Cover superscrib’d, / To Mr. Walter Price, Under-Sheriff, at this House in Castle-Yard, in / Holburn.’ for more click here

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Broadside entitled ‘Execution’

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

This account begins: ‘A Full and True Account of the Last Speech and Dying Declaration of WILLIAM BURKE, who was Executed at Edinburgh this morning, for Murder, and his body given for dissection ; also of his conduct and behaviour since his condemnation, and on the Scaffold.’ This broadside sold for a penny and was published on the day of Burke’s execution, Wednesday, 28th January 1829. for more click here

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171 pounds, a pear-shaped body and a taste for beefsteak: Meet Elsie Scheel, the Cornell student declared 1912’s perfect woman

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Today’s perfect woman might closely resemble a Victoria’s Secret model. But 100 years ago, the female physical ideal was very different. A series of articles in 1912 and early 1913 saw Brooklyn-born Cornell student Elsie Scheel, 24, hailed ‘the most nearly perfect physical specimen of womanhood’. The 24-year-old, who was selected by university medical examiner Dr Esther Parker from a group of over 400 women, was described by the New York Times as ‘a light-haired, blue-eyed girl whose very presence bespeaks perfect health.’ for more click here

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‘A football was kicked out of our trenches and we played the Germans': Poignant letter recounting famous 1914 Christmas Day truce rediscovered nearly 100 years on

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

A previously-unseen letter which describes the legendary football match of the Christmas Day truce during the First World War has been discovered.

The letter was sent by staff sergeant Clement Barker four days after Christmas 1914, when the British and German troops famously emerged from their trenches in peace.

Sgt Barker, from Ipswich, Suffolk, describes how the truce began after a German messenger walked across no man’s land on Christmas Eve to broker the temporary ceasefire. for more click here

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