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How did the Honorable Miss E. St. Leger become a Freemason? Did Lord Byron meet a hippopotamus, or was it only a tapir? Whence the popular prejudice against redheads? These were among the topics discussed in the pages of Notes and Queries, a weekly magazine founded in London in 1849 as a medium of inter-communication for literary men, artists, antiquaries, genealogists, et How did the Honorable Miss E. St. Leger become a Freemason? Did Lord Byron meet a hippopotamus, or was it only a tapir? Whence the popular prejudice against redheads? These were among the topics discussed in the pages of Notes and Queries, a weekly magazine founded in London in 1849 as a medium of inter-communication for literary men, artists, antiquaries, genealogists, etc. Its motto was When found, make a note of a saying of Captain Cuttle, the hook-handed old salt of Dickens s Dombey and Son. Some subscribers to Notes and Queries contributed brief notes on curious facts they had uncovered; other sent in arcane queries to be answered. The result was rather like an erudite Internet discussion board, complete with its flame wars and trolls. This book anthologizes the most interesting exchanges from the First Series of Notes and Queries (1849 55). Here, ordered by subject with judicious footnotes, of course are delightfully pedantic remarks on the daily life and amusements of olden times, the doings of faeries, revolting folk remedies, poetry good and bad, and oddities of natural history, among many other things. Also included is a selection of advertisements from the magazine, for such products as Grosjean s Celebrated Trowsers, Rimmel s Toilet Vinegar (good for several purposes), and the Rev. Edmund Saul Dixon s treatise on Ornamental and Domestic Poultry: Their History and Management. Original drawings add an extra touch of humor throughout, and a lively introduction describes the history and workings of Notes and Queries. Full of useless information and Victorian fustiness, Captain Cuttle s Mailbag will fascinate trivia buffs and time travelers alike."


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How did the Honorable Miss E. St. Leger become a Freemason? Did Lord Byron meet a hippopotamus, or was it only a tapir? Whence the popular prejudice against redheads? These were among the topics discussed in the pages of Notes and Queries, a weekly magazine founded in London in 1849 as a medium of inter-communication for literary men, artists, antiquaries, genealogists, et How did the Honorable Miss E. St. Leger become a Freemason? Did Lord Byron meet a hippopotamus, or was it only a tapir? Whence the popular prejudice against redheads? These were among the topics discussed in the pages of Notes and Queries, a weekly magazine founded in London in 1849 as a medium of inter-communication for literary men, artists, antiquaries, genealogists, etc. Its motto was When found, make a note of a saying of Captain Cuttle, the hook-handed old salt of Dickens s Dombey and Son. Some subscribers to Notes and Queries contributed brief notes on curious facts they had uncovered; other sent in arcane queries to be answered. The result was rather like an erudite Internet discussion board, complete with its flame wars and trolls. This book anthologizes the most interesting exchanges from the First Series of Notes and Queries (1849 55). Here, ordered by subject with judicious footnotes, of course are delightfully pedantic remarks on the daily life and amusements of olden times, the doings of faeries, revolting folk remedies, poetry good and bad, and oddities of natural history, among many other things. Also included is a selection of advertisements from the magazine, for such products as Grosjean s Celebrated Trowsers, Rimmel s Toilet Vinegar (good for several purposes), and the Rev. Edmund Saul Dixon s treatise on Ornamental and Domestic Poultry: Their History and Management. Original drawings add an extra touch of humor throughout, and a lively introduction describes the history and workings of Notes and Queries. Full of useless information and Victorian fustiness, Captain Cuttle s Mailbag will fascinate trivia buffs and time travelers alike."

33 review for Captain Cuttle's Mailbag: History, Folklore, and Victorian Pedantry from the Pages of "Notes and Queries"

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carl Williams

    I received a copy of this book, free, through Goodread Giveaways. If you like antique trivia, or Victorian eccentricities or peculiar and sometimes surprising ephemera than you’ll enjoy this collection.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lila

    This is a humorous selection of short queries from the Victorian Notes and Queries, before it became more academic. It is a celebration of the eccentric autodidacts who investigated local British history. Definitely for the Anglophile.

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