George Méliès and the Wonders of Cinema

It is interesting to think that by the end of the nineteenth century people were already watching movies. Perhaps not actually going to the cinema, and movies certainly weren’t widespread. But that quickly changed in a handful of years. At the beginning of the next century there were already movie companies, several producers, even theatres …

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Lady Cynthia Asquith on the Installation of the Telephone

Lady Cynthia Asquith (1881-1960) was the daughter of the 11th Earl of Wemyss and the daughter-in-law of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. In her memoirs, Remember and Be Glad (1952), she reflects upon her life as an aristocratic girl in Edwardian society. Much nervous strain in my home life arose from the newly-installed telephone, a …

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Edwardian Transportation: The Car

At the beginning of Edward VII’s nine year reign, the motorcar was simply a status symbol that only the very rich could afford to purchase and maintain. The horse, generally cheaper and familiar to the population, continued to dominate everyday travel and transportation, but by 1910, equine transport had become almost obsolete. The manufacture of …

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