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This Week in History: New Year’s Day 1920

One hundred years ago today, people were celebrating the start of what would be dubbed in the United States as the Roaring 20s.  What should have been a cause for celebration was slightly tempered.  This was the last New Year celebration before Prohibition would go into effect Jan. 16, 1920. In Boston, revelers gathered at cafes […]

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Christmas Shopping in a Bygone Era

The commercialization of Christmas began during the Victorian era.  Retailers encouraged consumers to shop for the holidays instead of giving homemade gifts, and shop employees also decorated their shop windows with lavish displays to attract passersby.  The tradition of Christmas shopping was born. So what were the popular gifts in this bygone era?  Let’s find […]

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Early 20th Century Dentistry: More Modern Than You Think

Dreading that next trip to the dentist?  You’re not alone. Patients a century ago, equally dreaded the visit, but thankfully, dentistry had modernized considerably by the early 20th century.  At least, you could reasonably expect pain medication and a speedy drill.  Let’s take a look at early 20th century dentistry. Dental schools got their start […]

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School Kids in 1903 Explain Why Thanksgiving Turkeys are Important

“Kids Say the Darndest Things” may be a television show, but kids have been saying what’s on their minds –  and amusing adults – for centuries.  In 1903, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa asked the city’s school children to pen an essay on Thanksgiving turkeys. A sampling of the essays were published on Nov. […]

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What Affect Does Birth Order Have on Personality?

Families in the 19th and early 20th centuries often had large families.  What affect does birth order have personality?  This is a question I considered while creating the Steward family in Angel of Mercy. Birth order and personality wasn’t something people considered until the 1920s.  That’s when Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler first theorized that birth […]

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Edwardian Wedding Fashion and Traditions

As the new century dawned in 1901, fashion was quickly changing.  Soon hemlines would rise while necklines would fall, and dress styles began to hug a woman’s body.  Wedding fashions, however, did not move so drastically and were sometimes behind the times when compared to streetwear.  Wedding traditions, on the other hand, were surprisingly recognizable.  […]

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How Did the Government Affect Veterans’ Living with PTSD? Part 3

The following was written by a guest blogger.  If you’re interested in guest blogger, click here. By George Fairbrother   In 1945 and 1946, 3 million service personnel were de-mobbed, and 16 million workers changed jobs in a comprehensive reorganisation of the civilian workforce.  The new government under Prime Minister Clement Attlee, himself a Great […]

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How Did the Government Affect Veterans’ Living with PTSD? Part 2

The following was written by a guest blogger.  If you’re interested in guest blogger, click here. By George Fairbrother   Inequality was also reflected in the general health of the country as a whole. Every year, thousands living in overcrowded housing with poor or no sanitation, died of infectious diseases including pneumonia, meningitis, tuberculosis, diphtheria and […]

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Forgotten Murders From the 1910s

My latest nonfiction book, Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, was inspired by news stories I discovered while researching A Tale of Two Nations.  As I conducted my research, I discovered case after case of murder, suicide, murder-suicide, lynchings, cop killings, doctors and nurses poisoning patients, and fatal traffic accidents.  It became clear that crime […]

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