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An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain Featured Image

An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain

An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Woman's Vote Bill. A stout John Bull, the representative of the British people or, in this case, British men, puts his back to the door upon which a number of women pound with their various demands. The previous year, women ratepayers had been given the right to vote in local elections. However, a Bill had recently been introduced proposing that women should be granted a parliamentary franchise. The proposal had been rejected, much to Mr Punch's relief. It is always worth noting how the women activists are presented. With their skirts slightly too short for modesty, they are decorated with rosettes. They are usually depicted as acidic spinsters, embittered, bespectacled, and the complete antithesis of the young woman walking behind this group in the street. She is the epitome of the modest wife, and good mother. From Punch, or the London Charivari, May 28, 1870

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The Sister of King Sweyn murdered in the General Massacre of the Danes by the Saxons Featured Image

The Sister of King Sweyn murdered in the General Massacre of the Danes by the Saxons

The Sister of King Sweyn murdered in the General Massacre of the Danes by the Saxons, on the Eve of St. Brice, 1002, c1890. The St. Brice's Day massacre, the killing of Danes in England, 13 November 1002 in Oxford, was ordered by King AEthelred the Unready and included the death of Gunhilde, sister of Sweyn I of Denmark. From "Cassell's Illustrated History of England"

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Whitechapel, 1888. Artist: Joseph Swain Featured Image

Whitechapel, 1888. Artist: Joseph Swain

Whitechapel, 1888. The Whitechapel Murders were making headlines everywhere. The police were overstretched, particularly in such deprived areas. The only people to benefit from this were, of course, the villains. From Punch, or the London Charivari, October 13, 1888. (Colorised black and white print)

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