About the Blog

Hello, and welcome to ThroughoutHistory.com (formerly known as “Not Yet Published” on WordPress.com). This is my blog’s new home, containing much of the original content, and a lot of new content, updated regularly.

What is this blog about?

In a word? History! This blog is about history. It’s also about antiques. It’s about my love of history, and the historical subjects which I like reading, writing and studying about. It’s also about the antiques which I love collecting, restoring and sometimes, selling! I have lots of historical information here covering a wide range of topics and time-periods, as well as postings covering a wide variety of antiques, as well as a few repair-and-restoration postings and tutorials.

Thank you for visiting my blog!



24 thoughts on “About the Blog

  1. J Goh says:

    This sounds wonderful. I like the way you write; it’s honest and quite amusing. I’ll be looking into this more often. I don’t know much about history at all, but I think reading your blog might help me along.

  2. ET says:

    Cool 🙂

  3. Siiri says:

    Hi there! I’ve just found your blog – I was searching some info about Titanic and stumbled across your site. And then I just had to take a little peek of other stuff than the Titanic articles too. I really like what I’ve read so far, very interesting! You can be sure I’ll come back for more. 🙂

    • scheong says:

      Hi Siiri,

      Glad you like what you’re seeing. I don’t update as often nowadays as I used to (due to other commitments) but I try to get a new article up every week-to-every-fortnight. At the moment, that’s the rate that they’re popping up.

  4. Bryan Hugill says:

    Great site! 🙂

  5. Geoff says:

    Hey Shahan,

    It’s Geoff here, remember me from first aid? Could never add you on facebook.

    I recently got a Sheaffer Prelude for $38 in the rainbow trim which apparently was discontinued quite early. What do you reckon I could get for it? Of course its mint and un-inked.


    zzz have you got facebook yet? lol

    • scheong says:

      Hey Geoff.

      Sheaffer pens are sweet. The P’lude is well-respected. How much you can get for it depends on condition and type of pen. Fountain pens command higher prices than ballpoints & rollerballs. For $38, and you want to sell it, I reckon you might be able to get a couple of hundred for it.

      No, I don’t have facebook. But you can contact me on hotmail. It’s my name, Shahan Cheong (one word, all lowercase) @hotmail.com

  6. Sky Lee says:

    This gave a lot of help on my project about the Gutenberg Printing Press. Thx! 🙂

  7. Ward says:

    I am writing to you regarding this post:


    And to ask a few questions about the antique writing box I own.

    It belonged to my father’s great uncle, a writer and photographer for the Smithsonian. He took this box with him on many adventures, writing of many exotic places. it was given to me, and I would like to restore it.

    The antique desk hinges that held it together have failed, and either need repair or replacement.

    Also, since the actual writing surface itself is missing, I have absolutely no idea how it is attached to the rest of the box.

    I had thought it might be a custom hinge, with a long right angled strap coming off the main desk hinges at the pivot point, but cannot seem to find hardware online that would make that work.

    Can you provide pictures of a box you have that could shed some light on how I might go about repairing this special piece?

    Thank you for any assistance you might afford me.

    • scheong says:

      Hello Ward.

      I’ll be happy to help you however I can.

      Best if we discuss this through private channels. You can email me at shahancheong@hotmail.com

      I’m happy to provide photos of my own box, if that gives you a better idea of how these things were constructed and set out, and give you a few tips about what you’ll need to do to get it fixed.

  8. Colin says:

    A few days ago I read your article on the theme of the great escape while researching for a sculpture I’m making, then found the tab open after I was just exploring suicide prevention advice online.

    Reading your about page suddenly put life into perspective. I had no idea you were a fellow Melbournian. Being on the border of present and history, contemplating whether I will choose to have a future right now, I hear your words as life-affirming.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Anastasia says:

    are you on facebook?? i would love to follow you there!!

  10. Cynthia says:

    Outstanding write-up. I have a concern. As a site owner, just
    how long did it take for your web-site to be successful?
    Also what do you enjoy most regarding blogging?

    • scheong says:

      Q1 – About a year, probably two. To reach its current state of success, about 3 years.
      Q2 – Being able to write about what I want, and share it with others.

  11. Glad I stumbled upon this gem. Keep the faith, keep on writing, and collecting trivia.

  12. mcinadr says:

    Well I think your blog is great. I read a bit and “liked” because the blog term “love” is not as easy to select as “like”
    Pls keep up the good work, be well and wise.

  13. Hi there Shahan
    I have a WHITE ZIG ZAG SEWING MACHINE MODEL 268 that my Mother left to me. Since the bobbin assembly will not rotate by turning the hand wheel, I suspect that the the timing belt may be worn, loose or broken. Have you ever replaced a belt and is it difficult for a handy gal (with tools)? I would appreciate your feedback on this. thanks, Holly Rose Lawrence. P.S. I treasure these vintage sewing machines. They are not as touchy as my Brother computerized machine.
    I gave an Electro Grande 1969 to charity. It was all metal, and I regret having given it away. I surely would appreciate your feedback on replacing a timing belt. Holly

  14. Kat says:

    Hi! I stumbled onto your blog looking for information about working with dynamite and nitroglycerine in the 1800s and was very glad to discover the rest of your interesting and informative articles, AND thrilled to discover your Encyclopedia Sherlockia and misc Sherlockian articles – this being one of my great loves as well. I’m a fiction writer but not much of an intrinsic history buff, though I’m fascinated by many eras and cultures and often want to write about them but also get the details right – so I’m continually forced to google (and search libraries but I find surprisingly little about the specific time periods I need) for bits of historical information I need. I am always very grateful for resources like yours from people who are more knowledgeable about these topics, as it’s simply impossible to become an expert on every facet of every historical era/culture I may need for a portion of a story. I’m delighted to discover you still post, as many blogs of this sort I’ve encountered are archival only. Just wanted to say thank you for the articles you’ve written and I can’t wait to see more!

    • Scheong says:

      Hi Kat,

      Thanks for the message! Yes I used to do historical fiction writing as well. I know the trials and tribulations of researching minute historical details for stories, all too well. It can take ages just to find out one stupid detail like the address of some place 80 years ago or whatever.

      Always posting. I’ve got at least two posts on the back burner at the moment which I’m hoping to release soon.


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