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Hugh reads the Syracuse Daily Standard's story about the funeral of Rev. Samuel J. May, which includes details about the sights, smells and sounds that he's found nowhere else. Fol...

Hugh talks about a tennis champion from 1921, and a disturbingly familiar misogynistic media potshot at her. Follow along with the show notes.

Hugh analyzes the media coverage of the life of Rev. Samuel J. May during the week following his death. Hugh does not do a good job of maintaining his composure in the face of the ...

Hugh parses—and asks for help interpreting—three articles printed 150 years ago yesterday: The Chicago Tribune's account of Gerrit Smith's hot take on Victoria Woodhull The Philade...

39: Salt Spat, Part 2

One hundred fifty years ago, folks in Pennsylvania, Australia, Chicago and Iowa had strong opinions about Syracuse salt producers and the tariffs they favored. In this episode, Hug...

After getting his own episode number wrong, Hugh examines a report from one hundred years ago this week about a spectacularly fatuous convocation of advertisers around the Cardiff ...

37: Salt Spat, Part 1

Hugh reads two long pieces from the Salt Company of Onondaga printed in the Syracuse Daily journal and the New-York Tribune 150 years ago today. Follow along with the show notes.

36: Devil's Fiddle

Hugh paints a picture of the Syracuse of 1871, with a special focus on one remarkably annoying sound. He ends with a demonstration of the noisemaker that caused such a sensation. F...

35: Ham and Eggs For Two

Hugh has the most fun yet with this silly little story printed in Emporia, Kansas 150 years ago today. He  examines the spread of this viral meme that originated six months earlier...

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