A serendipity from the Morning Chronicle, Aug 30 1826:
Nine blacks were brought before the Lord Mayor, for having paraded the streets with white turbans on their heads, and placards on their backs.–Mr. Brown, the Marshal, said, that the placards set forth the merits and charms of a young American Giantess, who was seven feet high, though but 18 years of age. They stated that she was exhibited under the patronage of his Lordship.–A crowd of persons was collected round the nine blacks, and the officers conceiving that, although the Lord Mayor might have sanctioned the exhibition, he never would countenance such a mode of advertising it.–Mr. Tadman, the ward of the young lady, and proprietor of the exhibition, said, that he had seen white men carrying boards of this description through the streets, and he was not aware that any person, whether white or black, might not walk through the streets with whatsoever dress he pleased.–The Lord Mayor said, that neither white nor black men could be allowed to pursue this mode of advertising, which created obstructions in the streets…–The sable train were dismissed, on Mr. Tadman’s promise that they should not again parade the streets in that manner.
This found while reading about the mid-1820s mining bubble in ex-Spanish territories, equally entertaining but not quite as succinct.
- Monkey hangers in 17th century Barcelona
Xenophobic atavism in the 1640 Reapers Revolt.
- Transvestite barrel organ dancers in 1930s Whitechapel and the 1860s London West End
With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.
- Mechanical musical instrument invented for the 1851 London Great Exhibition by Henry Mayhew
He also coined “flaxen Saxon.” With other absurdities.
- What’s it like being stuffed up a rooster’s arse?
Half Cock looks to a Tuscan witch for inspiration.
- Death of a monkey mascot
Anecdotes from the frozen wastes of Spain and Britain, with a brief burst of the usual twaddle.