Monthly Archives: February 2019

Random History : 13 February 1961

Today, our random number generated time machine is a rocket. 58 years ago today, the papers were full of the latest Soviet achievements in space. There is evidence that the spaceship – Venera 1 – did manage to fly past Venus, but sadly all communications were lost within a week of the launch, so we will never know what it found there.

Bottoms Mill, Ogden

As far as I can make out, Bottoms Mill in Ogden, near Halifax, no longer exists. Why you would want to buy a picture postcard of it, I am not too sure; but during the great postcard boom of the early twentieth century, postcards would be made of anything that stood still for long enough for a camera shutter to click. Did excited mill workers draw an arrow on the picture and write, “this is where I work”?