Culture & lifestyle

Letters from lonely, unhappy wives (1914)
1910s

Letters from lonely, unhappy wives (1914)

There were many lonely, unhappy wives in every era. From 1914: ‘Society, with the entire approval and cooperation of woman, has long protected man in his sins by a cover of silence, that it is considered hardly polite to speak of such a disagreeable incident as wife-beating.’

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1970s

The first Earth Day (1970)

([Original] EDITOR’S NOTE: April 22 across the nation has been designated Earth Day, the culmination of demonstrations and teach-ins protesting the deteriorating state of the

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Victorian drug problem - 1900
1800s

A Victorian addiction: The cocaine monster (1898)

We seem to be rapidly becoming a nation of cocaine fiends. If the number of those addicted to the use of the dreadful drug continues to increase at the present rate, the importation of a blessed alleviator of pain will have to be classed with opium and its use prohibited by law, except for medicinal purposes.

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