Guy Fawkes Preparing The Slow Match, 1902. Artist: Patten Wilson
'Guy Fawkes Preparing The Slow Match, 1902. Fawkes (1570-1606) was an English conspirator who attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th 1605 during the State Opening of Parliament by James I. The plot was foiled after a tip-off and Fawkes was arrested by guards after a search of the cellars. Fawkes and the other conspirators were executed for treason in 1606. After a work by Patten Wilson (1869-1934). From A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens [J. M. Dent & Co., New York, 1902]. (Colorised black and white print).
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Sloppy Joe's Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951. Artist: Unknown
Sloppy Joe's Bar, Havana, Cuba, 1951. The world famous Sloppy Joe's welcomed tourists for over four decades, and offered over 80 cocktails in addition to the bar's own brand of 12 year old rum. During the 1940s and 1950s it was popular with American celebrities as well as tourists. The Cuban Revolution of 1959 saw the demise of the bar as the majority of their clientele was American. A fire in the 60s closed the bar for good. It reopened in 2013. Advertising on the back of the postcard says SLOPPY JOE'S BAR first port of call, out where the wet begins and HONESTY IS OUR POLICY, Don't fail to meet your friends at SLOPPY JOE'S. Also lists Famous Cocktails, Delicious Sandwiches, The best brands of Cigars, Fresh Liquors Candies.
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Emile Zola, French novelist, with his family, 1899. Artist: Unknown
Emile Zola, French novelist, with his family, 1899. An influential writer, Zola (1840-1902) was also an important figure in the liberalisation of French society at the end of the 19th century. He staunchly defended Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French Army officer wrongly accused of treason, a case that polarised French politics and society. In 1898 Zola wrote a famous letter titled J'accuse that was published on the front page of the newspaper L'Aurore. Tried and convicted of criminal libel, he was sentenced to a year's imprisonment and removed from the Legion d'Honneur, but escaped to exile in London, where he remained until July 1899. He died three years later from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a blocked chimney, and suspicion abounded that he had been murdered by his political enemies. A photograph from Album de Photographies dans L'Intimite de Personnages Illustres, 1850-1900, 2nd album, Editions MD, Paris.
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