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The latest addition, an 1898 guide to a New York State Mountain resort that features:

 

 

Still nearer, in a deep glen of the mountain, is the Palmaghatt, where is a large forest of massive primeval hemlocks....many other strange and picturesque places

 

Minnewaska Mountain Houses by ???? (Illustrated version is 5.9 mb)

 

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Graham

A book with a suggestive title. The quote below should give some idea as to the contents, we have a possible cultist here:

 

 

The Atom, which I ventured (to the disgust of my scientific friends) to make fun of 30 years ago, has now exploded of itself as thoroughly as a German "coal-box"; and the fixed Chemical Elements of older days have of late dissolved into protean vapours and emanations, ions and electrons, impossible to follow through their endless transformations. As to the numerous "Laws of Nature" which in the nineteenth century we were just about to establish for all eternity, it is only with the greatest difficulty that any of these can now be discovered—most of them having got secreted away into the darkness of ancient text-books: where they lead forlorn and sightless existences, like the fish in the caves of Kentucky.

 

Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure by Edward Carpenter

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The_Tatterdemalion_King

we have a possible cultist here:

 

Edward Carpenter?!? 

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Graham

Edward Carpenter?!? 

 

Well you could always change the name...

 

On to the next addon, the perfect thing for a rich PC, his own yacht or at least a book on how to sail one:

 

 

My reason for writing this book is, that it is wanted; my excuse, thirty years' experience. In those years I have handled many boats, upon many waters.

You will find this book very different from other works on the same subject. In the first place, I believe that all text-books should be written in a manner to please, as well as to instruct; that they should be agreeable reading; and, aside from their teaching value, have a certain excellence as a writing. Again, there is nothing in literature so interesting as the autobiography, real or fictional.

 

 

On Yachts and Yacht Handling by Thomas Fleming Day (Illustrated html version is 1.4mb)

 

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Jebediah

I'd like to suggest one of T.S. Eliot's better known works, The Hollow Men. I just realized it happens to have a wonderfully CoC ring to it if read in that frame of mind.

 

http://www.shmoop.com/hollow-men/poem-text.html

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Graham

A comprehensive list of late 19th and early 20th century recipes culled from old cookbooks such as:

 

 

Eggs Rossini

 

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 4 chicken livers
  • 12 nice mushrooms
  • 1/2 cupful of stock
  • 1/2 teaspoonful of salt
  • 1 dash of pepper

 


 

Just the thing to serve to hungry investigators...!

 

http://www.vintagerecipes.net/

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nclarke

Actually Eggs Rossini sounds quite tasty, pity I've had my breakfast, it'll have to wait until dinner time.

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Graham

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Over at the Internet Archive they have a huge collection of house and other building plans in the Building Technology Heritage Library. Sadly it does not appear to be possible to search by year, but lots of interesting material, including period adverts can be found within.

 

https://archive.org/details/buildingtechnologyheritagelibrary

 

 

As a sampler of what can be found, the 1928 Sears Catalog of Pre-fab barns.

 

https://ia601209.us.archive.org/10/items/SearsRoebuckCoModernFarmBuildingsBarnEquip0001/SearsRoebuckCoModernFarmBuildingsBarnEquip0001.PDF

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Graham

A trio of English house plan books from the Internet Archive's Building Heritage Library.

 

1. Metropolitan Railway County Estates Company: Where to Live (Inter-war brocher promoting Metro-land).

 

https://ia600804.us.archive.org/0/items/WhereToLive/WhereToLiveCca114510.pdf

 

2. Harrison Smith Building Company: 100 Plans & Designs (1910's) (The classic British Bungalow)

 

https://ia600308.us.archive.org/13/items/BungalowsResidencesCottages100DesignsAndPlansWithTheComplimentsOf/HarrisonSmithBuildingsLtd-Cca16627.pdf

 

3. Rural Housing, The 'Nash' Type A & B (1926) (D-I-Y Bungalows made of concrete blocks).

 

https://ia601507.us.archive.org/28/items/RuralHousingThe250CottageTypesAB/RuralHousingCca69471.pdf

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JerryBoucher

Possibly useful for NPCs etc - photos and descriptions of some of the the Old Bailey's prisoners from Victorian London:

 

http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/old-bailey

 

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JerryBoucher

A rather good (if somewhat irreverent) map of the Chicago ganglands, from 1931: http://slate.me/1qwHlZb

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Graham

I've actually mentioned this food history blog in another post on this forum, but after a thorough look over I am linking it here as it is a wonderful source not only of historic menus, but also historic recipies like the two dubious ways to make fake port wine described below, note though that the 'flavouring' ingredients may not be safe for human consumption and modern work arounds may be needed....

 

 

Artificial Port Wine.
The Russians make their port wine thus:- Cider three quarts, French brandy one quart, gum kino one drachm. And the French restaurateurs imitate successfully old hock by the following mixture: Cider three quarts, French brandy one quart, alcoholized nitric ether one drachm.

 

http://www.theoldfoodie.com/

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Graham

A selection of interesting (& possibly useable/inspiring) locations from the Atlas Obscura website.

 

1. H.P Lovecraft House

 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hp-lovecraft-house

 

 

2. Court of Mysteries (Built by mystic design)

 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/court-of-mysteries

 

 

3. Smith Mansion (The log cabin)

 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/smith-mansion

 

 

4. Karl Junker House (To architecture, what Wagners Operas are to music)

 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/karl-junker-house

 

For more information on the last location: http://outsider-environments.blogspot.com.au/2009/03/karl-junker-junkerhausjunkers-house.html

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Insanity

Came across this today.
Equipment of a WWII Combat Medic
 

Has a detail list of the equipment carried, including photographs, as well as the applications and uses for them.

 

Would be an excellent source for games during WWII or even shortly afterwards.

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The_Tatterdemalion_King

This isn't exactly from 1924, but it's certainly closer to then than it is to us:

 

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Graham

From Project Gutenberg, the perfect resource for anyone wanting to fake a book printed in America (Up to C. 1894 anyway).

 

American Book-Plates by Charles Dexter Allen (Illustrated html version is 28mb in size)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47682

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Graham

Article describing a lost 'City Promotional' film from the mid-40's, the film itself is available on Vimeo.

 

Mysterious Found Footage Offers a Rare Glimpse of 1940s Chicago

 

 

At a recent estate sale on the south side of Chicago, Jeff Altman spotted a canister of film simply labeled "Chicago" and "Print 1." That tidbit of information was intriguing enough for Altman to drop $40 on the print.

 

http://www.citylab.com/tech/2014/03/mysterious-canister-film-transports-you-back-1940s-chicago-color/8676/

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Graham

Another useful book for Keepers who wish to make their own tomes

 

Old English Libraries by Ernest Albert Savage (1911) (Illustrated html version is 11mb in size)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1615

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Graham

A book written as a promotion for the company now known as the Ingersoll Watch Company (a subsidiary of the Herald Group...). Not sure how useful this will be, but the illustrations (especially the title page one) could be repurposed.

 

 

Time Telling through the Ages by Harry Chase Brearley (1919) (Illustrated html version is 4.7mb in size)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47928

 

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Graham

A 1913 account of a journey around the boders of England and Scotland. As always I recommend downloading the illustrated html version as many could be reused in games.

 

Highways and Byways in The Border by Andrew Lang and John Lang (1913) (Illustrated html version is 85mb in size)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47800

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yockenthwaite

A 1913 account of a journey around the boders of England and Scotland. As always I recommend downloading the illustrated html version as many could be reused in games.

It's part of a larger series of "Highways and Byways" books covering many parts of Britain. Some are digitised at the Internet Archive (try searching for highways and byways) but others aren't. All very good books for capturing the places and time.

 

I have a soft spot for the one you posted about, but then I'm hardly unbiased, given that I'm a Borderer!

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