Isle of Wight Observer General Interest Columns
A century ago the Isle of Wight Observer had several columns on subjects of general interest. Some of the articles make amusing reading today.
LONDON CLUB CHAT
The correct shape in bowlers this year is slightly wider and less flat in the brim than that of last season. That of the soft felt remains much the same but colours are coming into vogue.
HEALTH AND THE HOUSEHOLD
CHILDREN AND SLEEPING IN THE DARK
Bring up children to sleep in the dark, as it is much better for their eyes, the complete darkness being an entire rest. Dark green or blue curtains are the best for bedrooms, and they should be drawn across the window to prevent the glare of morning light falling too strongly upon the eyes. Never place a child’s bed opposite a window, as the bright light falling upon the face in sleep is exceedingly bad for the sight. Let the hours of retiring and rising be regular. See that no foolish nurse frightens the child with threats of bogeys, etc., visiting it during the night.
People who suffer from this complaint generally wake up in the morning with a stuffy feeling existing between the nose and the back of the mouth. It is caused by a mucous secretion lying at the back of the nostrils. It is beneficial to snuff up the nostrils a solution of salt and water. Another cure is that of smoking cuban cigarettes and bringing the smoke down the nostrils so that it will come in contact with the affected part.
Isle of Wight Observer 1 November 1913