Thursday 28 January 2010

Diary of a Messenger-Boy

Not quite Victorian, but it seems to be the year for online diaries ... the Museum of London presents the diary of Oscar Kirk, a docks messenger in 1919. Sample entry from 19 January 1919:

"Father made some chocolate in the afternoon.
When I went out to wash I saw my mouse on the floor! He had got out through a hole at the top, which I afterwards blocked up.
Father grumbled at me yesterday because he said I was greedy and he made mum cry.
Got up late.
Had fire in Mother's bedroom.
Polished my leggings.
Had a high see-saw yesterday in the Sack Shed. Fell off and bumped my head."


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