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Angus Trumble’s 1904 In Retrospect

Esopus 1 (Fall 2003)
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Angus Trumble’s 1904 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

“The ultra-violet lamp was invented. Melbourne Grammar School defeated Prince Alfred College in the first interstate Australian Rules football match. Amid much controversy among older members, the committee of the Naval & Military Club in Melbourne, hoping for better attendances, decided to open on Sundays....”

Esopus’s resident chronologer details the myriad events, momentous and miniscule, of 1904 in this debut of his “Year in Retrospect” column in the magazine.

Angus Trumble is Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. His books include A Brief History of the Smile (Basic Books, 2004), and The Finger: A Handbook (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2010).