Just the coolest gift ever!
An elderly lady here in town, dropped off with the Hubster what is without doubt the coolest gift I have EVER received!I don't even really know them that well, but they are longtime friends of the Hubster. So when they found this in their garage they decided I would be the only person they knew, who would really appreciate having it. Well they were not wrong, I am totally thrilled with their surprise gift. Beneath this very aged binding, is a little piece of British history, which is now mine to love. But before it came to me, it was originally gifted to Thomas Huleatt on September 19th 1884, from the 'Brethren'. It's the Illustrated London News from January to June 1867, bound in one volume! Of course 142 years ago, images of the news had to be illustrated with engravings that were then printed. So this huge volume has 2 full pages of text comprising of news, deaths, wills, marriages, worldwide events etc; and these alternate with 2 pages of amazing illustrations that are wonderful in their detail and imagery. The picture above illustrates the ' terrible disaster on the ice' as it was known then, when skaters in Regents Park fell through the thin ice and died in 1867. The adverts are interesting and amusing, I have only scanned them so far, but still found this classic. Checkout the advert addressed 'To The Ladies of England' which gives out 'full directions on getting-up the face and eyes in the most brilliant style'! At the start of every month is a fashion plate of the new styles for that month direct from Paris. Looking at these more than anything else, made me realise just how old my new treasure is! Of course in those days the Royal Family and their activities were of the utmost importance to the nation. So every week 'The Court' circular appears, even when they really aren't doing much, as can be read in the piece above. Queen Victoria was on the throne in 1867 and so throughout the volume there are many references to Prince Albert and immortalising his memory. The final picture here really delighted me. This illustrates the construction being undertaken by the Metropolitan District Railway in the district of Westminster. With Big Ben in the backgorund, this shows the construction of what's now the London Underground, something I have been on many times over my life! I have already checked out every page of this amazing gift and been enthralled. But then I am the type of history lover who never has enough time in museums to read all the old papers. But now I have my own little piece at home to take my time pouring over. Many interesting things happened in 1867 and I will be sure to share the best and most entertaining of them with you over the next few months.Now I have to find a special safe cat free area to store it in, and stop any further damage. I'm thinking maybe inside our backgammon table, where it would be air-tight and under glass.I am totally out of superlatives and awestruck, so I am off to bed with a big smile on my face.