I’m a cultural historian with an interest in all things 1900. I worked for several years at the University of Bristol (UK), but I am now based at the University of Groningen (Netherlands).

This blog was originally inspired by my British Academy funded research project. Sometimes it is linked to my academic work, but mainly the blog features all the random, weird facts and trivia related to Belle Époque media culture that I find on my journey through archives. News, gossip, literature, art, politics, sport, advertising: newspapers and magazines offer a fascinating insight into the period between 1880 and 1914. At least that’s how I feel.

For those interested in my more academic stuff, look on Academia.edu here.

You can also follow me on Twitter: @DubbelboerM

Or just follow this blog. I will try to post something on a more or less regular basis and I am also always happy to receive feedback.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. In the book ‘Red’ Middas Dekkers writes about an interesting episode around 1900 started in Paris (and Vienna) the last Erythrotrichium (roodhaartijd). All women wanted to be ginger and redheads…(see posters of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, moulin rouge, obsession of Klimt -Alma Mahler-… ) why this obsession? Please see if this is something for you to explain us in a blog?

    • Thanks for this question. Is there any special reason you ask this? One explanation might be that the fin-de-siècle, Symbolist artistic movements (see also the Pre-Raphaelites in the UK for example) did associate ginger hair with sensuality, mysticism, the ‘femme fatale’. That’s all I can come up with, but if I ever come across any references to redheads in newspapers I’ll let you know!

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