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The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London

Over one hundred fifty years of court case transcripts from the Old Bailey in London, starting from 1674. How would you react if you heard someone breaking into your house? Now if you couldn't call the police? Thomas White got his man and neighbors to help search his cellars when it happened to him on 22 October 1780. This and many other stories of the impact of crime on everyday lives are found here.

dead link: http://www.oldbaileyonline.org.uk/

Propaganda Postcards from the Great War

A large collection of cards, photos, and stories to go with them from World War I. Read about and see zeppelin attacks, the story of Mata Hari and publicity pictures of her, propaganda cartoons, etc.

dead link: http://www.ww1-propaganda-cards.com/index.html

An Act of Codd

In 1870 Hiram Codd patented a bottle with a marble (ball) stopper. This page provides a history of ball sealed bottles starting with rubber balls used prior to glass Codd stopper and up until patents issued in the 1940s.

dead link: http://www.bottlebooks.com/Codd/an_act_of_codd.htm