Tag Archives: 17th century

Two Comets

Two little snippets from the 17th century newspapers, a project by the Meertens Instituut en Delpher.nl. These two are from the Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c of February 11, 1634 and the Oprechte Haerlemsche courant of Februari 6, 1672. Apparently January is a … Continue reading

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Cat for dinner!

It’s no surprise that people will eat strange things when they are hungry. A lovely example of this comes from the Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c. of February 11, 1634. An article dated the 24th of the previous months gives … Continue reading

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A Duel in Brussels

Duels seem to be something thought of as exciting and romantic these days. Something for young noblemen with a lot of passion. The fact that not everyone survived a duel just seems to add to that perception. Sometimes, however, both of … Continue reading

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Archeological find at Castel Sant’Angelo in 1633

Two weeks ago in 1633, on May 19th, something interesting happenes in Rome. To be fair, interesting things happen all the time, but this thing I happened to find in the Tijdinghe uyt verscheyde quartieren of June 11, 1633, available on … Continue reading

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A Missing 17th Century Man!

Two weeks ago I wrote a bit about a missing greyhound. We’ll never know what happened to the poor dog, just as we’ll never know what happened to the man from this little newspaper article. In fact, they never even … Continue reading

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A Missing 17th Century Dog

As I mentioned earlier, I’m working on a project digitising 17th century newspapers. Sometimes I come across some real gems in these newspapers, and I would like to share one of those here. The newspapers will all soon be online and … Continue reading

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17th century Dutch Newspapers

I came across this project a few weeks ago: transcribing historical newspapers. It turns out that digitising old newspapers by running them through OCR software does not always work as intended. Of course, there is the difficulty of the font used … Continue reading

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