January, 2013


If the history of Benedict Hall intrigues you, and you’d like to know more, or if you’re just curious about where Cate finds her information, here is a partial bibliography of sources:

Manual of Surgery, 1921, 6th Edition, by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles.  Cate has this in a digital version.

Materia Medica for Nurses, 4th Edition, 1924, by A. S. Blumgarten, M.D., F.A.C.P.  This marvelous book came from a used bookseller, and is inscribed Kathleen W. Hayes, K. W. Hospital, Berwick, M.S.  in a beautiful copperplate hand.

Manual of Emergencies, by J. Snowman, M.D., M.R.C.P., 1918.  This efficient little guide for physicians is inscribed by one A. Gerend.  If only we knew something about that physician of nearly a century ago!

Stick and Rudder, An Explanation of the Art of Flying, by Wolfgang Langewiesche, 1944, 1972.

Deep Stall, by Philip K. Lawrence and David W. Thornton, is a deeply Eurocentric book about the Boeing Airplane Company, published in 2005, which purports to explain why Boeing failed and Airbus won.  Really?  It’s worth noting that even sources with which an author disagrees can be useful.

Anything Goes, a Biography of the Roaring Twenties, by Lucy Moore, 2011.

Websites are invaluable for finding the small details of historical periods.  Some Cate has used are Segregated Seattle, HistoryLinkClickAmericana, and many, many web pages showing 1920s advertisements, examples of 1920s fashions for both men and women, photographs and films of the period, and lists of Jazz Age expressions and customs.


Benedict Hall Cover Art

Benedict Hall now has cover art! Thrilling!

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