Little Molly goes shopping, from The Rainbow Annual (1928)

Illustration from The Rainbow Annual (1928)

Little Molly goes shopping. An Illustration from The Rainbow Annual (1928). A British annual for children.

Molly must be completely absorbed in her copy of Rainbow, because the illustration shows a policeman inspecting the items that have fallen from the deeply engrossed child’s basket. Now, I suppose, it would be a mobile phone that distracted her, so ’twas ever thus.

P.S. You may have heard that British policeman are sometimes called “bobbies”,but probably don’t know why. The name derives from the UK Home Secretary, Sir Robert (Bob) Peel [1778-1850], who oversaw the creation of London’s first organised police force.

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