Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings, c.1842

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Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings,  for the amusement of young people; 1824?; E. Wallis, London.
A book of wonderfully illustrated rhymes which, although they appear to be for children, often veer into the world of more adult themes.
As well as a few thefts, at one point a boy threatens to beat a snail “as black as a coal”, a lady-bird’s children are said to be possibly dying in a house-fire, and Margery Daw is called a “nasty slut”.
The book seems to have been first published in 1818, with this being a later edition (a pencilled note on the inside pages indicating a date of 1824).
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[Source] Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library
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Baby Racing in the 1950s.

diaper-derby-baby-racing-12The annual event was held at a fairground in Palisades Park, New Jersey, from 1946 to 1955.
They were fiercely-fought competitions full of screaming, crying, and tantrums, but as one set of archived images reveals, baby-racing Diaper Derbies were in fact a popular spectator sport during the mid-twentieth century.
For some reason – probably health and safety gone mad – baby racing is no longer a thing you can go and see.
But these photos from the golden era of baby racing are amazing.

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Source: vintage everyday: Baby Racing Used To Be A Real Life Actual Sport During The Mid-20 Century, And It Was Amazing!

‘Baby in a Basin’ by William Warren 1875.

A number of years ago, I came across a copy of this carte de visite (CDV) photograph, copyrighted 1875 by the photographer William Shaw Warren of Boston.
It is without doubt the source image for a trade card design issued by Pond’s Extract, a patent medicine of the day.
Quite possibly the photograph was commissioned by The Pond’s Extract Company specifically to create their pond-pun trade card image.
The trade card can be found in a number of slight variations.

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This one was printed by Mayer, Merkel & Ottman of New York City.

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This one, in color, was produced by the firm of A.J. Maerz of Brooklyn.
Continue reading at Dick Sheaff’s wonderful blog via Baby in a Basin | Sheaff : ephemera