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09/02/2021

THANKS FOR THE GREAT REVIEW!
Thank you so much to Jessie Miller at Unboxings and More for reviewing one of our Subscription Boxes-lots of kind comments in her very thorough and comprehensive review. See the full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQDQsrvOrOw

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THIS LADY WAS THE ORIGINAL 'DUMB BLONDE'There is actually a woman credited as the first person to be called a "dumb blon...
08/26/2021

THIS LADY WAS THE ORIGINAL 'DUMB BLONDE'

There is actually a woman credited as the first person to be called a "dumb blonde." Her name was Rosalie Duthé, and she was born in 18th-century France. Because of her beauty, her parents sent her to a convent as a young girl to keep her away from leering men, but she ended up leaving to be with a rich British financier. After spending all his money, Duthé became a dancer, courtesan, n**e model, and general woman of interest — In Parisian society, Duthé developed a certain "reputation by adopting the habit of pausing for extended periods of time before speaking." She appeared not only stupid, but dumb in the literal sense.
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The Most Honest Realtor-EVER!Back in London in the 1960s a Realtor (or Estate Agent as they are known in the UK) called ...
07/20/2021

The Most Honest Realtor-EVER!
Back in London in the 1960s a Realtor (or Estate Agent as they are known in the UK) called Roy Brooks decided to tell the unvarnished truth about the houses he was selling (and the people selling them, too). The advertisement shown here is typical of his caustic, witty style. It was an approach that made him a millionaire (despite the fact he had strong Socialist leanings). Indeed his advertisements became so popular that newspapers ran them for free. There are two books available with numerous examples of his advertisements-or you can read more about him in the August issue of the Hidden History Club Magazine:
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WHY THE CROISSANT IS A CRESCENT SHAPETo start with the croissant is not French, it was first baked in Austria and its sh...
07/02/2021

WHY THE CROISSANT IS A CRESCENT SHAPE
To start with the croissant is not French, it was first baked in Austria and its shape is anything but an accident. The pastry dates back to 1683 when an army of more than 100,000 Ottoman Turks was besieging the city of Vienna in Austria. When the Turks try tunneling under the walls the Viennese baker's working through the night in the city heard the digging sounds and raised the alarm. This allowed the defenders to prepare themselves and help save the city from invasion. Eventually rescue came in the form of Poland's King John III. To celebrate the bakers copied the crescent moon from the enemy’s flag and turned it into a commemorative pastry. It was originally called a kipfel (which is German for crescent) and honors a victory that would never have happened but for the bakers of Vienna.
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06/09/2021

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Ah, the history lover. They're certainly not one-size-fits-all. Some love diving into the enigmatic past of the ancient Egyptians. Others are all about military history. Many find themselves captivated by great philosophers of the past, while a good number of us prefer to connect the past with our p...

IS CALIFORNIA STILL OWNED BY THE BRITS?Strange as this may seem, some believe it could be a possibility based on a five ...
06/04/2021

IS CALIFORNIA STILL OWNED BY THE BRITS?
Strange as this may seem, some believe it could be a possibility based on a five century year old engraving discovered on a metal plate near the Golden Gate Bridge in 1936. On it are the words in 16th century English announcing the claim by Sir Francis Drake (pictured) that in June 1579 he landed in what is now known as California and staked a claim saying: "I take possession of this kingdom whose king and people freely resign their right and title in the whole into her majesty's keeping". (it goes on a bit more, but you get the idea).
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The plate on which these words are inscribed has been verified by the California Historical Society as authentic and the timeline does fit in with the well documented travels of Sir Francis. And it appears neither the United States, Britain or California have ever legally challenged this claim, or done anything to revoke it. So you Californians, be on notice. 5.00pm is now an official break for Tea. The Brits will be sending someone over to teach you how to cook Fish & Chips, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Spotted Dick. And start learning the words to God Save the Queen!

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05/26/2021

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Eccentric No: 7: She hated s*x and boozing and did her best to stop both.Carrie Nation who became a fierce campaigner ag...
05/23/2021

Eccentric No: 7: She hated s*x and boozing and did her best to stop both.
Carrie Nation who became a fierce campaigner against alcohol, to***co, and Freemasonry, was born in 1846 in Kentucky. Nation’s mother thought she was Queen Victoria and would wave to slaves on their plantation from a gilded carriage.
Nation’s first husband was a drunk, chain-smoking Freemason, and she hated him so much that when he died, she tried to stamp out everything he loved. This included s*x: whatever they’d done in the bedroom, it made Nation so angry she started stalking young couples and attacking them with her umbrella, seemingly to scare the libido out of them.
She firmly believed in ghosts and her powers as a clairvoyant, claiming she had her first vision at age 8. Nation tried to heal sickness using hocus pocus, used charms to protect buildings from fire, and claimed she used her powers to end droughts. When she was 53, she ‘heard voices from Jesus’ telling her to do something about all the drinking in America. The 6-foot-tall teetotaler grabbed a sledgehammer, went into a drugstore, and smashed its whiskey barrels to bits. More destruction would follow, with Nation moving from town to town, smashing up saloons with bricks, hammers, rocks, billiard balls, and her cane, which was specially designed for easy destruction.
But when Nation started destroying bars with a hatchet, she became famous. She even had her own catchphrase, “Smash! Smash! For Jesus’ sake, smash!” She sold mini-hatchets as souvenirs, and the proceeds helped pay the legal bills from more than 30 arrests.
She published The Smasher's Mail, a biweekly newsletter, and The Hatchet, a newspaper. In October 1909, various press outlets reported that Nation claimed to have invented an aero plane.
Suspicious that President William McKinley was a secret drinker, Nation applauded his 1901 assassination because drinkers "got what they deserved. She died in 1911.
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Sources for these posts: The Emperor of the United States of America and other magnificent British Eccentrics by Catherine Caufield/Wikipedia/Great American Eccentrics by Carl Sifakis.

SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYSEccentric No: 6: The self appointed Emperor of the United States who 'ruled' for 20 years.Josh...
05/22/2021

SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYS
Eccentric No: 6: The self appointed Emperor of the United States who 'ruled' for 20 years.

Joshua Norton was born in London in 1819 but ended up in America around 1853, where he made and lost a fortune trying to corner the rice market. In 1859 having convinced himself he was, firstly, Norton 1 Emperor of California, then more ambitiously, Emperor of the United States, he demanded a proclamation to this effect be published in the San Francisco Bulletin (which it was). In it he demanded representatives from all the States assemble “to alter the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which this country is laboring….” (What’s new?). Later Joshua decided he only could do the job and dissolved the Republic so he could rule personally. (In 1863 he also took the secondary title of "Protector of Mexico" after Napoleon III invaded Mexico).Being Emperor did not bring him wealth and he lived in a 50 cent a night room paid for by the people of San Francisco who saw his antics as both harmless and entertaining. When he issued another decree complaining his shabby wardrobe was a “national disgrace” the city council paid for his new uniform. Norton’s own currency of homemade 25 & 50 cent notes was accepted freely at all restaurants and theatres. Once when an over keen policeman arrested him for ‘lunacy’, the presiding judge made the profound comment: “he has shed no blood, robbed no one and despoiled no country which is more that can be said for most fellows in the king’s line”. He died in 1880.
Tomorrow: The hatchet wielding, anti s*x, teetotaler.
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SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYSEccentric No: 5. The germaphobic Comtesse who found health benefits from the methane emissions...
05/21/2021

SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYS
Eccentric No: 5. The germaphobic Comtesse who found health benefits from the methane emissions from cows.

The Helena Comtesse de Noailles (‘Madame’) was the daughter of a wealthy English family and among her many strange habits was the obsession of staving off infection from any source. So having purchased a daughter from a friend in Paris she sent her to an English convent in Suss*x for her schooling. Immediately she demanded the school pond be drained as it could contain insects, in addition the ordinary school uniform was deemed ‘too restrictive’, so her daughter Maria was allowed to wear a loose tunic and open sandals. Plus, Maria was only to be taught grammar and arithmetic according to a system that Madame herself had devised.
Madame had her own weird health regimen: she went to bed every night with stockings filled with gray squirrel fur wraps around her forehead and under her chin. She believed the cure for bronchitis was a diet of soft herring roe. Blue silk covers were made to cover all the brass door handles in the house in order to cut down on glare. She was also keen on the benefits of fresh air and methane gas and was careful to keep a number of cows near her windows so she could enjoy the healthy effects of their ‘emissions’. When Maria married and Madame decided to visit them she asked that they prepare for her arrival by cutting down all the trees in the vicinity of the house and bring cows into the garden to improve the atmosphere. Finally, she made her inheritance to Maria conditional that she wear white in summer and never use laced up shoes. She died in 1908 having lived to the age of 84 on a diet of champagne and milk and left 100,000 pounds and 11 different wills for her heirs to sort out.
Tomorrow: The man who proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States.
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SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYSEccentric No:4. The founder of Vanity Fair magazine who took baths in his dog’s kennels.Before...
05/20/2021

SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYS
Eccentric No:4. The founder of Vanity Fair magazine who took baths in his dog’s kennels.

Before we get to his strange bathing regime, today’s eccentric Thomas Gibson Bowles (1841-1922) had some other...peculiarities. On being left widowed with four children under the age of 10, he decided to keep things simple by dressing all his children as boys (except two were girls). He was also an MP for the English town of King’s Lynn and founder of two successful magazines: The Lady (still published in the UK) and Vanity Fair. But one day he told his daughter he was “fed up with politics and intended to move to China”, when asked when he wanted to make this trip he replied “Thursday”. Leaving his daughter (who was also his housekeeper) to get rid of the guests, pack up the house, find a caretaker and cover all the furniture. She managed to achieve this formidable task in just a few days. Then on Thursday morning she sat in the carriage, piled high with luggage, waiting for her Father to arrive and start their momentous journey to the Far East. As he reached the carriage a few raindrops began to fall, he opened the window of the cab and said to his distraught daughter, “my dear child it’s raining, we won’t go”.
As for his bathing habits...Thomas disliked sitting in ‘dirty water’ so always had steam baths when in London. But while on holiday in Scotland he improvised his own Turkish bath by using dog kennels. The first he had lined with bricks where he would sit and have his butler build a fire to produce the correct amount of heat and steam. He then emerged into the dog run where the butler stood on a second kennel and poured cold water over him….
Tomorrow: The germaphobic Comtesse who found health benefits from the methane emissions from cows
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SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYSEccentric No: 3 The man who didn’t bow to the King and wanted 12 virgins to carry his coffin.J...
05/19/2021

SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYS
Eccentric No: 3 The man who didn’t bow to the King and wanted 12 virgins to carry his coffin.
Jemmy Hirst loved animals, but found some strange uses for them. He went hunting on a bull named Jupiter, (see picture) and his carriage was pulled by four mules. (His carriage was made of wicker and contained a wine cellar and double bed). His dress sense was…odd: he wore a lambskin hat 9 feet in diameter, an otter skin coat and a waist coat of drake’s feathers. King George III heard of Jemmy’s eccentricities and asked to meet him (he refused the first invitation telling the King he was “too busy training an otter to fish”). On meeting the King he declined to bow, as was obligatory at the time-but the King was not offended and sent him home with a carriage full of with wine.
When entertaining at home he showed off his collection of coffins, one which served as a liquor cabinet, and the other guests were invited “to try for size”. This coffin had folding doors, windows and a bell to summon servants. Once inside the doors locked automatically and only on payment of a penny were the ‘live corpses’ released. He asked when he died (in the late 1700’s) for his coffin to be carried by ’12 ladies of virtue’, but they were in short supply at the time, so local widows were press-ganged into doing pall bearing duties instead.
Tomorrow: The famous publisher who took baths in his dog’s kennels.
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SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 Days....Eccentric No:2. William Buckland getting to the heart of the matter…On the face of it Will...
05/18/2021

SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 Days....
Eccentric No:2. William Buckland getting to the heart of the matter…
On the face of it William Buckland was pretty sane for an eccentric Victorian. Born in 1784 in England he became a respected geologist and even wrote the first full account of a fossil dinosaur, which he named Megalosaurus. He stopped at so many quarries to search for geological specimens his horse eventually stopped automatically beside any large hole in the ground. He was an extremely generous benefactor paying for the installation of the first gas lights in Oxford. But his most unusual claim to fame as our 2nd eccentric was when visiting the Archbishop of York, who had been in Paris at the time of the French Revolution. There he had somehow procured the heart of the dead King Louis X1V, which he kept in a s***f box (as you do). The Archbishop proudly showed his unusual keepsake to Buckland who said “ I’ve eaten many things in my life, but never the heart of a King”, upon which he plucked it out of the box and swallowed it whole!
Tomorrow: The man who refused to bow before a King.
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SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYS- EACH DAY THIS WEEK THE HIDDEN HISTORY CLUB TELLS THE STORY OF PEOPLE WHO DID SOME WEIRD AND ...
05/17/2021

SEVEN ECCENTRICS IN 7 DAYS- EACH DAY THIS WEEK THE HIDDEN HISTORY CLUB TELLS THE STORY OF PEOPLE WHO DID SOME WEIRD AND STRANGE THINGS..
ECCENTRIC No:1 The Tunneling Duke who gave each of his workers a donkey and an umbrella (and built them an ice skating rink as well)....

The 5th Duke of Portland (1800-1879) became a recluse around 1850 following a spurned matrimonial proposal to a leading opera singer. Despondent and hurt, he scurried back to his 15,000 acre estate, Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, England- and threw himself into a four decade frenzy of construction activity that mainly consisted of building a network of tunnels under the grounds of his estate to connect a series of huge rooms. He created an enormous underground ballroom capable of holding 2000 people (but not one single ball was ever held there), plus an underground library, a glass roofed conservatory (underground), a subterranean railway and miles of ancillary passages that allowed him to move about unseen by anyone. When he did go out (only at night) he was preceded by an elderly woman carrying a lamp, forty yards in front of him. He had two letterboxes, through which he received and sent all his communications by letter. Oh, and he also built Europe’s largest riding school lit by 4000 gas lights. At times he had 15,000 men working on his never ending list of projects-(did I mention the 22 acre walled kitchen garden?).
He ended up living in just four rooms of his huge stately home which he painted pink. He died in 1879. For his full story see the June issue of the Hidden History Club Magazine. www.thehiddenhistoryclub.com
Tomorrow, the Geology professor who ate a king's heart..

Spot the first man EVER to be photographed.There you are just having your shoes shined one day in 1838 on a boulevard in...
05/10/2021

Spot the first man EVER to be photographed.
There you are just having your shoes shined one day in 1838 on a boulevard in Paris and snap! some guy called Louis Daguerre takes a photo of you on his new daguerreotype camera. In fact there were 100's of people probably strolling down that street at the time, but because the exposure of the camera was a lengthy 15 minutes their movements were too fast to be caught on film. But the customer of the shoe shiner had to stand still while having his shoes buffed-and hence was the only person to appear in the final photograph. He can be seen at the bottom left hand corner of the image. Unfortunately no one knows who the person was, so no 15 minutes of fame for him!

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05/06/2021

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TODAY WE REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF THE HERRINGS.Nope, this is no fishy story-and it’s no red herring either (actually let’s...
04/27/2021

TODAY WE REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF THE HERRINGS.
Nope, this is no fishy story-and it’s no red herring either (actually let’s investigate where that phrase comes from first. Apparently the term was popularized in 1807 by English writer William Cobbett, who told a story of having used a strong-smelling smoked fish to divert and distract hounds from chasing a rabbit.)
So back to the story…in 1429 the English were (again) invading France (it’s been a centuries long hobby for the English) and laying siege to the town of Rouvray, when they ran short of supplies. Being as it was soon to be Lent the only food they could eat was fish-so 300 wagons of herrings were somehow rustled up, but while en route to the English, the dastardly French attacked. All was going well until the Scots army (at that time BFF’s with the French) got too far ahead of the charge and were being killed by ‘friendly fire' from their French allies- (With friends like that-who needs enemies?) Anyway, that gave the Brits the chance to counter attack and win the day-as is normal against the French. (They haddock coming to them!).
So, the Battle of Herrings was lost by the French-and the English sat down to a fine fish supper, minus fries or a cup of tea, as neither had been invented at that time.
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THE LAST SOLDIER KILLED IN WW2 WAS A GERMAN, WHO WAS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE THE AMERICANS-TRUE!Josef Gangl was a German Majo...
04/23/2021

THE LAST SOLDIER KILLED IN WW2 WAS A GERMAN, WHO WAS FIGHTING ALONGSIDE THE AMERICANS-TRUE!
Josef Gangl was a German Major of the Wehrmacht and hero of the Austrian Resistance. He died on May 5, 1945 (the ceasefire was announced on May 7th). He took part in the defense of Itter Castle against troops of the 17th SS Panzer Grenadier Division,.........
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The soldiers fought together against the N**i SS to free prominent French prisoners of war.
Gangl was fatally hit by a sniper while trying to get former French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud out of the line of fire. The battle for Itter Castle was possibly the only battle of World War II, in which soldiers of the US Army and the Wehrmacht fought side by side, against superior force of SS: (36 American and Wehrmacht vs 150–200 SS troops). And Josef Gangl was a only man who from the US-Wehrmacht forces who died in the SS attack.
He was honored as a hero of the Austrian resistance. A street in Wörgl-a small city in Austria,is named after him.

THIS WEEK IN 1953 THE CIA LAUNCHED A SECRET PROJECT CALLED 'MK ULTRA'...On April 13th 1953, the CIA launched (covertly, ...
04/15/2021

THIS WEEK IN 1953 THE CIA LAUNCHED A SECRET PROJECT CALLED 'MK ULTRA'...
On April 13th 1953, the CIA launched (covertly, of course) a project called MK Ultra that was designed to test interrogation techniques that included: Mind control drugs, sleep deprivation, psychological torture, L*D, and other unpleasant experiments......
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HOW AN AMAZING 99 YEAR OLD LADY HELPED INSPIRE THE LAUNCH OF THE HIDDEN HISTORY CLUBJust before she died my wife's Grand...
04/06/2021

HOW AN AMAZING 99 YEAR OLD LADY HELPED INSPIRE THE LAUNCH OF THE HIDDEN HISTORY CLUB
Just before she died my wife's Grandmother, Harriett Shepard from Lake Suzy, SW Florida, offered me her collection of magazines and books she had accumulated over the latter part of her 99 year life. (keep reading..!)
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It is probably the largest collection of magazines in the State and certainly the most eclectic and comprehensive I’d ever come across.
There are 1000’s and 1000’s of them ( and probably an equal number of books as well). An unbelievable library of knowledge and information going back to the 1920's. All carefully packed and annotated, piled high to the ceiling.
These magazines cover every topic from Ladies Fashion to Engineering, Gardening to Mens’ Magazines. They are a real treasure trove of contemporaneous information that reveal the stories, people and events over the last 100 years.
Browsing through them made me realize that much of what was important to people over the last century has now been lost in the tidal wave of on line trivia, called information, we drown in every day.
But Harriett Shepard's library is now coming back to life: Because not only is some of content of these periodicals a source of inspiration for articles in the Hidden History Club, but every 3 months members get sent a free magazine from Harriett Shepard's vast library. Harriett Shepard died a few years ago but I'd like to think she would be thrilled at knowing her magazines are still being read and enjoyed in 2021.

WHEN THE FAMOUS GUSTAV EIFFEL WAS CONVICTED OF FRAUD AND GIVEN 2 YEARS IN JAIL**Eiffel was famous for designing and buil...
03/23/2021

WHEN THE FAMOUS GUSTAV EIFFEL WAS CONVICTED OF FRAUD AND GIVEN 2 YEARS IN JAIL**
Eiffel was famous for designing and building the eponymous Eiffel Tower in Paris, and for helping design the Statue of Liberty which the French gave to the Americans in 1886. But in 1893 he was found guilty of charging 7m francs (about $200m today) to the French company building the Panama Canal-for the provision of giant locks........
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But he never produced anything for this huge amount. When the company went bust and a new one was formed he became what was known as a 'penalty investor' and was forced to invest some of his ill gotten gains in France's 2nd attempt to build the Canal. That too went into bankruptcy so it all proved to be an expensive mistake. (Then the Americans took over....but that's another story...).
PS He was eventually acquitted, but his reputation was forever sullied.
Pictured is his design for the Panama locks that were never built by him, though aspects of his design were incorporated in the final construction.

THE MEN WHO WANTED TO RANSOM ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S CO**SE.Poor Abe, even in death, people still wanted to do him harm. In No...
03/19/2021

THE MEN WHO WANTED TO RANSOM ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S CO**SE.
Poor Abe, even in death, people still wanted to do him harm. In November 1876 a Chicago criminal named James Kennally, decided it would be a good idea to steal Lincoln's body from his grave in Springfield IL and ransom it for around $5m.
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He also wanted to use it as a bargaining chip to release a fellow criminal who was in jail at the time. Kennally roped in two conspirators John Hughes and Terrence Mullen to do the dirty work.
But, to cut a long story short, their plans were betrayed to the Secret Service, and they ran back to Chicago, and were soon arrested. However, at the time there was no law relating to body stealing so the two incompetent criminals were banged up for just one year for 'attempted larceny'. This incident led to the moving of Lincoln's body to a more secure site until the present day mausoleum was built and Lincoln's coffin was reburied under tons of concrete.

THIS MONTH IN 1895 THE FIRST 'MOVING FILM' WAS MADE:March 19th 1895 in France the Lumiere Brothers recorded the first mo...
03/17/2021

THIS MONTH IN 1895 THE FIRST 'MOVING FILM' WAS MADE:
March 19th 1895 in France the Lumiere Brothers recorded the first movie footage. They filmed local workers leaving the factory. Lasting just 46 seconds the footage is considered the first real motion picture ever filmed. However, the Lumière brothers saw film as a novelty and had withdrawn from the film business by 1905. They went on to develop the first practical photographic color process, the Lumière Autochrome. What else of historical interest note happened in March? See the March issue of Hidden History Club magazine at www.thehiddenhistorylcub.com
Picture shows the Lumiere brothers and a still from their first film.

KNOW SOMEONE WHO LOVES HISTORY?-WE HAVE THE PERFECT GIFT TO GIVE THEM.-One that's original, unique and lasts all year!Bu...
03/10/2021

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Who was the richest person of all time?We all read about the wealth of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet etc, but co...
03/05/2021

Who was the richest person of all time?
We all read about the wealth of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet etc, but compared to some people from the past, they are not the wealthiest in history (yet). Here are four that in 2020 values were wealthier:
Henry Ford, at his death in 1947 was worth an estimated $200bn
John D Rockefeller who died in 1937 was worth a modest $350bn.
Andrew Carnegie (d.1919) an impressive $310bn.....

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BUT the wealthiest of them all, was one Jakob Fugger from Germany who died in 1525 worth a cool $400bn by today's standards. Here is is pictured below...
And in 16th century Europe what could he have spent all that money on...no Ferraris, planes or luxury yachts?

THE 23 MINUTE DAREDEVIL PLANE ride that cost $10,400 was launched in 1914.The World’s first ‘commercial flight’ was laun...
03/04/2021

THE 23 MINUTE DAREDEVIL PLANE ride that cost $10,400 was launched in 1914.
The World’s first ‘commercial flight’ was launched on Jan 1st 1914 between St Petersburg and Tampa. It cost $400 ($10,400 today) and a lot of nerve to be the solitary passenger (in this case the Mayor of St Petersburg, A.C Phell) in the open cockpit aircraft .

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The plane reached the dizzy height of 150ft above the sea before landing in Tampa 23 miles away in just under half an hour. The Mayor described the trip as ‘just dandy’ before probably downing a large brandy. The pilot Tony Jannus managed to keep the route going until May 1914 when it closed down never to re start again. Though rumor has it Allegiant Air use the same aircraft!!!

ONE OF THE SHORTEST BEST SELLING BOOKS EVER IS ALL ABOUT 'BS'...TRUE!One of the shortest best selling books ever publish...
03/02/2021

ONE OF THE SHORTEST BEST SELLING BOOKS EVER IS ALL ABOUT 'BS'...TRUE!
One of the shortest best selling books ever published-running to just 80 pages is called "On Bulls--t" by Harry Frankfurt published in 2009.
The preview explains: "Rather, bu****itters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bu****it can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bu****it is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are".
So true it could have been written last week! Buy it on Amazon for around $7.00!

THESE GUYS ARE NO FLY BY NIGHT BUILDERS-THEY'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS OVER 1400 YEARS!True story..the oldest still operating ...
02/27/2021

THESE GUYS ARE NO FLY BY NIGHT BUILDERS-THEY'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS OVER 1400 YEARS!
True story..the oldest still operating company in the World are Japanese builders Kongo Gumi started in 578 AD and still going strong (though they were taken over in 2006 by a larger company). They have a 17th century scroll which shows the company had been run by the same family for 40 generations ( a generation is normally considered to be 25 years).
In terms of keeping it in the family the second longest surviving company (also Japanese) is Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, a hotel opened in 705 AD and run by one family for 52 generations. In fact the five oldest surviving companies in the World are all Japanese. Coming in at 6th place is an Austrian restaurant Stiftskeller St Peter, a relative newbie founded in 803 AD.

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HOW ONE PEN CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD WRITES
Yes, we're talking about the humble ballpoint pen..here's a potted history...
An American, John J Loud, received the first patent for a ballpoint pen back in 1888.
But it was a Hungarian-Argentinian inventor László Bíró, (recognize the eponymous name?) just before WW2, who perfected the modern ballpoint. He didn't manage to make any real money from it...but a US businessman called Milton Reynolds refined it and introduced it to the USA market in 1945.

The new 'Reynolds Ballpoint' cost $12.50 at the time – more than $180 (£138.50) in 2020 values. Despite this eye watering cost Gimbals store in the US sold 30,000 in one week.
But these were refillable pens...... it was an Italian Michel B**h who realized a cheaper disposable version might be popular and it was-since 1950 some 100 billion 'Bics' have been sold.
That's how history is written!
Pictured below, László Bíró,
Want to know the ancient history of your city? Or discover other forgotten facts about a place? Try this great interactive map on the Ancient Origins site. Lots of fun and educational too.
https://www.ancient-origins.net/interactivemap?
Electric Cars celebrate their 140th anniversary next year.
It's true, back in 1881 in Paris the first electric car was manufactured. By 1897 there were fleets of them in London and New York acting as Taxi Cabs.
More will be revealed in the first issue of The Hidden History Club..to find out how to join us..visit: www.the hiddenhistoryclub.com
Who was the richest person of all time?
We all read about the wealth of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet etc, but compared to some people from the past, they are not the wealthiest in history (yet). Here are four that in 2020 values were wealthier:
Henry Ford, at his death in 1947 was worth an estimated $200bn
John D Rockefeller who died in 1937 was worth a modest $350bn.
Andrew Carnegie (d.1919) an impressive $310bn
BUT the wealthiest of them all, was one Jakob Fugger from Germany who died in 1525 worth a cool $400bn by today's standards. Here is is pictured below...
And in 16th century Europe what could he have spent all that money on...no Ferraris, planes or luxury yachts?
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