Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings, c.1842


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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Milkmen from the past – 1870s onwards.

Do you remember when the milkman would still come through your neighborhood? I can just barely remember when I was a child from back in the 1950s.
What we didn’t know is that this is a job that people have held way back into the early 1800s.
The following images share a pictorial history of the job of the milkman and milkwoman from 1870 to the 1950s.
The photo above from around 1870 is one of the first-known photos of  milkmen.
As you see, they operated on foot and went door to door with their goods.
This astounding photo from the 1880’s captures a team of dogs that helped their family move their milk cart throughout the village. Many early milk carts were family affairs and they sold other goods as well.
Around the turn of the century, the milkman trade became a one-man show.
A man with either a dairy farm himself or a connection to a few of them would take a branded cart out each day.
This photo from around 1900 shows Mr. Alfred Denny of Victoria out with his goods for sale.
Source: 13 Photos Of Milkmen Throughout History – Dusty Old Thing

A Lesson in Brushwork by Elizabeth Yeats.

The Graphic Arts Collection recently acquired two copy books by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (1868-1940), the sister of W.B. Yeats.
In the 1890s, Elizabeth was living in London, teaching art to children and involved with the Royal Drawing Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Society’s director, Thomas Robert Ablett, wrote the introduction to her 1896 edition.
“Miss Yeats, who is the daughter of an artist and a skillful kindergarten mistress, has proved that she can make good use of the subject.
For several years her pupils’ brush work has obtained high awards at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Drawing Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
In this volume, Miss Yeats gives her experience for the benefit of others, wisely choosing her subjects from the flowers of the field, so that any teacher may paint from the growing plants themselves, with the help of the advice freely given and the chance of comparing the results obtained by Miss Yeats”.
Read on via A Lesson in Brushwork with Elizabeth Yeats | Graphic Arts.

Wild Boar Piglets wake to a Sunny Morning.

Wild boar piglets in bed
“The piglets of two wild boar sows, totalling at least 14, awake to a sunny morning in the depths of the Forest of Dean.
It’s a place I visit about once a week, but in the early spring, when young boar are likely to be around, I visited the area more often.
I stumbled across this group in a fairly open part of the forest early in the morning, just sleeping between the bases of two trees.
They were gone in a few seconds.”
Image Credit: Photograph by Clive Mowforth/GuardianWitness
via Brushes with the wild: readers’ best wildlife photographs of 2017 | Environment | The Guardian