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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Treadmill Pricewatch

We seem to have appeared recently in a price comparison of exercise treadmills for keep-fitters.

There is one of several sites that claim they can scour the internet to bring you the best price for various shopping items.

It spotted the following 1823 article in the newspaper archive about the addition of a treadmill to the Halstead prison. (a treadmill was a demeaning method of powering machinery by treading on the outside of an oversized wheel to which were affixed steps). It obviously didn't notice the date

January 22nd 1823

An improved treadmill is to be erected in Halstead Bridewell, the mill to be erected uses revolutions at 120 times an hour, the improved mill enable the Governor to regulate the velocity to his own desired to make labour easy or oppressive.
The number of prisoners in Bury gaol is 170, no less than 50 are there for game law offences.

The article duly appeared in the price comparison for Exercise Treadmills!

Someone else did a search for the best price for a 'Kettle Corn Machine' (I think it is a way of making popcorn) which came up with

1855-1892 Suffolk & Essex Free Press FDLHS newspaper archive
... the fireplace and drank some water from the kettle, which was standing on the hob, the mother at ... following morning to carry corn to the machine, they finished one stack ...

No sale!


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