Regency Pastimes: Conchology

From The young lady’s book: a manual of elegant recreations, exercises, and pursuits (1829): The book goes on to describe more specifically species and observations (you can click on any of the excerpts to be taken to the Google book and read). The science in the book seems a bit iffy, but nonetheless it is an interesting recommendation for a young lady and one that … Expand

Regency Pastimes: Hunting the Squirrel

Sporting Magazine, Volume 18, 1801 Apparently, there was also a co-ed dance like game called Hunt the Squirrel which was very naughty indeed: The sports and pastimes of the people of England, New ed. by W. Hoone, 1850

Regency Pastimes: The Great Parachute Experiment of 1802

A popular spectacle to attend during the Regency era were balloon ascensions.  The French were the leaders in balloon experimentation, leading to the first hydrogen balloon ascensions in the late 1700s.  The first balloon ride with living creatures occurred in 1783 when the Montgolfier brother sent a sheep, duck and rooster up before a crowd at the royal palace in Versailles.  A few days later … Expand