Monthly Archives: January 2015

HISTORY TIDBIT: HISTORIC CAREER MOVE

On January 29th, 1920, the Kansas City Slide Company (later the Kansas City Film Ad Co.) took on a new artist named Walter Elias Disney, who worked there for two years before launching his own company, Laugh-O-Gram Films. By 1926, he had started the Walt Disney Studios destined to eventually bring fame to his name […]

HISTORY LURE: THE HISTORY OF MYSTERY

If your kids are fans of mysteries, but not of history, well, even mysteries have histories. The first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, appeared in some short stories by American writer Edgar Allan Poe (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”,1841, “The Mystery of Marie Roget”, 1842) and “The Purloined Letter”, 1845), and The Moonstone (1868) […]

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

ANNOUNCEMENT AND/OR SHAMELESS BRAGGING

The Mud Rose (Book Two of my Time Rose series) placed sixth in the recent 2014 Preditor & Editor’s Reader’s Poll. Last year its predecessor, The Disappearing Rose, also made the top ten.  

TRIVIA TRAIL: ANCIENT EGYPT COMES TO AMERICA

  Question: What is the name of the ancient Egyptian obelisk erected in Central Park, New York on January 22nd, 1881? Answer: Cleopatra’s Needle. Twin of the one that sits on the banks of the Thames in London England, the red granite structure is 69 feet (21 metres) tall, with hieroglyphs on all sides. Some […]

HISTORIC SHARE: CALENDARS

I sometimes come across information on other blogs and websites that I think are of historic interest, and when I do, I will share them so that you can share them with your kids. By now, everyone should be used to this year’s new calendars, but it’s interesting to check out how calendars used to […]

HISTORY TIDBIT: HISTORIC COLD SNAP

If you live in certain areas of the Northern hemisphere, chances are you’re finding the days a bit nippy. But probably not as nippy as it was in the northern United States during the winter of 1779-80. That was the winter the whole of the Potomac River froze over, as did a good bit of […]

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