Medicine Macabre – The Lady and the Pox

A pox on you! Possibly the most oft used insult laid at the feet of enemies and rivals, and while wishing it upon them rarely makes it so, such a curse embodies a terrifying and extremely real prospect, a malady that appeared to strike indiscriminately and without warning. Commonly, it often took the form of the invisible, contagious and ever lethal malady: smallpox.

This Week in History – August 15th to August 21st

The Pandora Society Bureau of Time Travel has collected a handful of historical events from each day of this week in the hopes of inspiring some writer to pen the next great Steampunk novel. August 15th 1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1863 – […]

This Week in History – August 8th to August 14th

The Pandora Society Bureau of Time Travel has collected a handful of historical events from each day of this week in the hopes of inspiring some writer to pen the next great Steampunk novel. August 8th 1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph. 1885 – More than 1.5 million people attend the funeral of […]

The Electric Traffic Light Turns 102-Year-Old

On December 9th, 1868, the first, non-electric, gas-lit traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London to control the traffic in Bridge Street, Great George Street and Parliament Street. They were promoted by the railway engineer J. P. Knight and constructed by the railway signal engineers of Saxby & Farmer. The design combined […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Remedies – Kendal Black Drops

Those of you who are regular readers of my delightful romps through the darker side of medical science might sometimes lend themselves to question – where on earth does he get the energy? Where on earth, you wonder, in between his thriving yet surprisingly lethal medical practice, endless social engagements and the occasional spot of late night grave-robbing, does […]

This Week in History – August 1st to 7th

The Pandora Society Bureau of Time Travel has collected a handful of historical events from each day of this week in the hopes of inspiring some writer to pen the next great Steampunk novel. August 1st 1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force. 1838 – Non-laborer […]

This Week in History – July 25th to July 31st

The Pandora Society Bureau of Time Travel has collected a handful of historical events from each day of this week in the hopes of inspiring some writer to pen the next great Steampunk novel. July 25th 1837 – The first commercial use of an electrical telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on July […]

Medicine Macabre – A Quick Trip to the Doctor

A trip to the doctor is a common enough practice. You feel a twinge here, an ache there, and off you pop to consult the local quack, who following careful examination will dutifully dispense practiced wisdom and efficacious treatments. All of which will be promptly ignored when that little problem you had just ‘goes away’. Because you know […]

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