Tag Archives: Technology

After "Cotton" Was Wool

Though cotton has been woven into textiles in some parts of the world since ancient times, it was just coming into its own in Regency England. By that time, new inventions had made it possible to mechanize many of the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Successful Blood Transfusion Using Human Blood

Two hundred years ago, this coming Tuesday, a doctor in London performed the first successful blood transfusion, using human blood. Strange as it may seem, for centuries before, many physicians felt blood was blood and a number of blood transfusions … Continue reading

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The Parachute Through the Regency

Certainly, our Regency ancestors did not enjoy the sport of skydiving. However, a functional parachute had been invented some years before the Prince of Wales became Regent. In fact, a woman had made a successful parachute jump in the last … Continue reading

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Of Fausses Montres, or Dummy Watches

Curious as it may seem, there was a fashion in England for wearing fake or dummy watches which began in the late eighteenth century and that fashion contined into the latter half of the nineteenth century. There were quite a … Continue reading

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Carshalton:   Commercial and Industrial

Last week, I wrote about the rural delights of the countryside around Carshalton village during the Regency. This week, the focus will be on the village itself, and the various commercial and industrial activities which were ongoing in the surrounding … Continue reading

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Before Vanilla:   Rose Water in the Regency

Some time ago, I wrote an article about the uses and applications of orange flower water during the Regency. It was one of the most popular ingredients used in cooking, medicines and perfumes in that decade, second only to rose … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Turk Returns to London

Two hundred years ago, a chess-playing automaton returned to London, where it was on exhibit for much of the year. This same automaton, widely known as "The Turk," had already been displayed in England, thirty-five years before. However, a few … Continue reading

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