Favourite poisons in 1920s crime fiction

Poison was a popular method of committing murder in 1920s and 1930s crime fiction. These are the decades considered to be the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, and cyanide, arsenic and strychnine were in plentiful supply in the novels of this period...

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The canary girls of the First World War

Thousands of women worked in munitions factories during the First World War. Prolonged exposure to the chemical TNT turned the women’s skin a lurid yellow colour. As a result, they became known as the canary girls...

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