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Anecdotes from the Archive

Anecdotes from the Archive


Anecdotes from the Archive: A ride fit for a shah

In a December 8, 1900, article about a new steam automobile, the "Serpollet Carriage," we learn that the inventor, M. Serpollet, had the honor of cruising around with some royalty...

STAFFFebruary 1, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

Anecdotes from the Archive: Relief for writers

As anyone who has written by hand over the course of a lengthy sitting knows, comfort can quickly become an issue. The October 22, 1853 issue of Scientific American featured an invention recently patented by Joseph G...

STAFFJanuary 28, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

Anecdotes from the Archive: Diesel milk

In October 1924 the City of Chicago Health Department sought to promote the dietary value of milk and increase its consumption by using it to fuel the locomotive of a passenger train.

STAFFJanuary 18, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

Anecdotes from the Archive: Taking On the Monocle Problem

Eyewear has always carried both positive and negative consequences for those who wear it either out of necessity or fashion. This article from March 11, 1911 gives a bit of background on one of the more prevalent eyewear options of the time, the monocle: "The ridicule which was cast upon the wearers of spectacles and eyeglasses, before the utility and need of those aids to sight became generally recognized, seems now to be concentrated upon the monocle, and not without reason...

STAFFJanuary 14, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

Anecdotes from the Archive: Bed bugs are vintage, and vintage is in

According to the June 1924 issue, bed bugs weren’t always considered to be a pest worthy of professional extermination. It wasn’t until scientists warned the bugs were “dangerous” for having the potential to spread diseases such as typhoid fever and influenza that the little guys were able to produce feelings of fear and despair in city-dwellers...

STAFFJanuary 11, 2011 — Mary Karmelek

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