Category Archives: england

A Law to Cut Off All Our Weavers’ Fingers

Irish ten pound banknote, one of the series issued between 1976 and 1982, featuring Jonathan Swift and the Dublin City Council coat of arms. An economy-themed image of Swift FTW! In 1720, Jonathan Swift published a pamphlet called Proposal for the … Continue reading

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The Junior Spinning Champion of Ireland and the Entente Cordiale

Front page of Le Petit Journal, 20 August 1905. On the 8th of April 1904, the United Kingdom and the French Republic signed the Entente Cordiale. This set of agreements essentially formalized the peace that had been between the countries … Continue reading

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Something Very Different From The New York Shoddy

-> New information added at bottom of post! <- It was this very interesting blog post (“Clothing the Confederacy: Taits of Limerick”) from the fantastic site Irish in the American Civil War that alerted me to the existence of Tait jackets. … Continue reading

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Swiftly Turn The Murmuring Wheel

Did you know that in around 1806, William Wordsworth (aka “Daffodil Man“, 1770-1850) wrote … this? Song for the Spinning Wheel Swiftly turn the murmuring wheel! Night has brought the welcome hour, When the weary fingers feel Help, as if from … Continue reading

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What shall be made of Wooll onely

And whereas by an Act made in the Tenth and Eleaventh Years of His Majesties Reigne intituled An Act to prevent Exportation of Wooll out of the Kingdoms of Ireland and England into Forreigne Parts and for the Encouragement of … Continue reading

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