Selected Illustrations from Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and London Poor, 1861
Today is 100 years since the birth of British composer Benjamin Britten. Did you know that apart from being one of the great composers of the twentieth century and a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, he liked bird watching?
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Image credit: Publicity photograph of British composer Benjamin Britten, via Wikimedia Commons.
~ The Book of Beauty, Vigor and Elegance, 1874
Note: Ahem. In fairness to Lavater I should mention that in his day slut could also be used to mean “a dirty, slovenly woman”. Not sure which meaning he was going for here.
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day shows Westminster Abbey and the Council of Lyons. It is another illustration from the edition of Matthew Paris’ Historia Anglorum which we looked at yesterday.
Image source: British Library MS Royal 14 E VII. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”Source:
-John F. Kennedy
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Men Dressed as Women to Escape the Titanic
There is no legal basis to the ‘women and children first’ policy adopted aboard the sinking Titanic in 1912, rather, it was a matter of ‘social imperative,’ with men who did enter the lifeboats being branded cowards. Most of these men were forgiven when it became apparent that there was much variation in the protocol used for evacuating the ship, with some officers misinterpreting the ‘women and children first’ command to mean ‘women and children only.’ This did not, however, prevent the circulation of rumours regarding certain male passengers who had reportedly dressed as women to gain access to the lifeboats. By all accounts these rumours are false but a number of men who survived the tragedy would spend the rest of their lives protesting their innocence.
Bottle of chloroform, United Kingdom, 1896-1945
Duncan Flockhart & Co Ltd was commissioned by James Young Simpson (1811-1870) to manufacture chloroform from 1847 onwards. In 1847, Simpson became the first surgeon to use chloroform as an anaesthetic during childbirth. Duncan Flockhart & Co. Ltd became the first British manufacturers of chloroform and exported it throughout the British Empire. They also expanding into producing other anaesthetics and supplied the British and Allied forces during the First and Second World Wars. Via.