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Were "spring-heeled boots" a real thing, and if so, what did they look like?

US patent number 6610 (pdf), issued July 24, 1849, to Patrick S. Devlan for a Metallic Spring Heel, opens with the following paragraph: Be it known that I, Patrick S. Devlan, of Reading, in the ...
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Were blue-tinted glasses prevalent in Victorian England and, if so, why?

Tinted glasses definitely did exist in the 19th century, most notably green lenses and yellow lenses (we have evidence of certain lens colors being recommended and used for certain eye conditions, ...
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