With December 25th fast approaching we have put together a little collection of entries for Christmas Day from an eclectic mix of different diaries spanning five centuries, from 1599 to 1918. Amid famed diarists such as the wife-beating Samuel Pepys, the distinctly non-festive John Adams, and the rhapsodic Thoreau, there are a sprinkling of daily jottings from relative unknowns – many speaking apart from loved ones, at war, sea or in foreign climes.
All diaries are housed at the Internet Archive – click the link below each extract to take you to the source.
A wonderful book amounting to something akin to an early 19th-century version of the Masked Magician, in which the reality behind various tricks and illusions of the day are exposed, including that of the Learned Pig. …Continued
One of the main attractions at P.T. Barnum's 1842 'freakshow' American Museum …Continued was a man named James F. O'Connell, notable for his head to toe covering in tattoos which he acquired in his year of captivity in the South Pacific.