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Monday, 25 November 2013

Mary Shelley

I wrote a brief bio of Mary Shelley. She is famous for her horror novel Frankenstein. www.localhistories.org/shelley 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Caroline Herschel

I wrote about Caroline Herschel. Her brother William is famous for discovering the planet Uranus but Caroline was famous in her own right as an astronomer.  Its a pity she is not better remembered. www.localhistories.org/caroline 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Bra is patented

On 13 November 1914 Mary Phelps Jacob patented the bra. She had the idea in 1913 when she sewed two handkerchiefs together with ribbons. Bra is short for brassiere, which was the French word for a soldier's breastplate. www.localhistories.org/womenund 

Friday, 8 November 2013

William Blake

I wrote a brief biography of William Blake. He was the great poet who wrote The Tyger and Jerusalem. www.localhistories.org/blake 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Monday, 4 November 2013

Detroit

Antoine de Cadillac began a trading post on 24 July 1701. It became the city of Detroit. www.localhistories.org/detroit.html 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Dolls Houses

The first dolls house was made in Germany in 1558. It was made for Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria. Dolls houses were popular with the wealthy in the 17th century and 18th century. However at that time dolls houses were not toys. Instead they were for display. www.localhistories.org/dolls