Myrtle Hardcastle

#MyrtleMondays: Sherlock Holmes, Myrtle, & Me: The Strand Magazine

If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you no doubt know the name The Strand. This British and American magazine is famous for publishing many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries, beginning with “The Scandal in Bohemia” in 1891 and continuing well into the twentieth century (not counting the Great Hiatus). Doyle’s association with The… Read more »

#MyrtleMondays: Words with Friends–Victorian Style!

Are you a fan of Words with Friends (or its low-tech forebear, Scrabble)? Are you a Wordament Grandmaster (Level 193 and counting!), or as we knew it in the 20th century, Boggle? Word-forming parlor games were a popular pastime in the 19th century, too, and I have one to share with you today. McLoughlin Brothers’… Read more »

#Myrtle Mondays: Victorian Girls on Bicycles!

“We rode our bicycles to the courthouse. They were the most wondrously modern conveyances, right down to the specialized attire they entailed. …Pedaling past Swinburne traffic felt deliciously urgent and dangerous.” —Premeditated Myrtle Summer 2020 is seeing a surge in the popularity of bike riding, thanks in large part to coronavirus concerns, and efforts to… Read more »