The Victorians loved to shop. And there were now many new things the growing middle class could buy. Globalisation, improved transport, mass production, new materials – had transformed what was in the shops. Often in lovely, bright (sometimes toxic) new colours!
The Arcade from London Town (1883) by Thomas Crane (1843–1903) & Ellen Houghton (1853-1922). English artists.
Troublesome cough? Introducing One Night Cough Syrup, manufactured in Baltimore, USA (1888). Ingredients: Alcohol, Cannabis Indica, Chloroform and Morphia. ‘Skillfully combined with a number of other ingredients’. I have no doubt that it put them to sleep, but did they wake up again?!
In 1892, Tit-Bits magazine ran a competition to determine the ‘Most Attractive Names for Boys and Girls.’ Over four thousand readers took part and these are the results. Do you think any of these could make a comeback?
An Edwardian colour print of children playing with a toy train set in front of their parents (early 1900s). “The train travelled dozens of miles that afternoon“. Mounted and for sale at ‘Long Victorian Prints’ via Etsy:
Would you like to receive this card at Christmas? A dead bird was a fairly common Victorian theme, often a robin or a wren, to wish you good cheer at that time of year. Ho, ho, ho …
A lovely illustration of a famous New Year’s Eve dinner inside a iguanadon (1853). Present were paleontologist, R. Owen, paleoartist B.W. Hawkins – and various scientists and newspaper editors.
And here are my only two dinosaur jokes:
What do you call a short-sighted dinosaur? “Do-you-think-he-saw-us”
What do you call a short-sighted dinosaur’s dog? “Do-you-think-he-saw-us-Rex”
[Deafening silence, I’ll get my coat]