From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith The subject of the accompanying illustration is a vendor of cough lozenges and healing ointment. He was originally a car-driver employed by a firm in the city, but had to leave his situation on account of failing sight. His story, told in his own words, is as follows :- "First of all I had to leave my place on account of bad sight. It was brought on by exposure to the cold. Inflammation set in the right eye and soon…
Rare glimpse of 19th-century intellectual suburban life in Hampstead
Victorian photographer Emma Johnston is all but forgotten now but her work documenting the Hampstead middle-classes from 1858 to 1864 will be sold at auction later this month.
A Knocker-up was a profession in England before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. It was their job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. They used a heavy stick to knock on the clients’ doors or a long and light stick, often made of bamboo, to reach windows on higher floors. Some of them used pea-shooters. The knocker-up would not leave a client’s window until sure that the client had been awoken.
The History of the Garden Gazing Globe - InfoBarrel
Most people know gazing balls as a slightly kitchy garden ornament on par with the lawn gnome. But the history of the gazing ball is tied up in conspicuous consumption and a man named "Mad King Ludwig."
Thank you to everyone who bid on the auction, donated to the campaign, shared and posted and entered this competition! Your contributions raised $3982 which, thanks to the generosity of The Curious Reader, will stretch to send 230 picture books to 23 schools! Which schools you ask?? The studio sorting hat was put to good use again (thank you Brian Floca and Sergio Ruzzier!) and these are the winning schools: Auten Road Intermediate School, Hillsborough NJ Cannaday Elementary School, Mesquite…
WHITBY: Ref: 3-63 *
* “The Gardener’s Daughter” This photograph had until recently, been known as "Woman in Garden", a purely descriptive title. However, in a catalogue - "List of Photographic Studies by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe" dating from around 1900, Sutcliffe gave the above title to this image. The location of this photograph was the garden of an old cottage in the grounds of Mulgrave Castle, the home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Normanby, approximately four miles from Whitby. One of his earlier…