What the Victorians Threw Away by Tom Licence

By Tom Licence

The those who lived in England ahead of the 1st global warfare now inhabit a realm of yellow pictures. Theirs is an international speedy fading from ours, but they don't look overly far-off. many folks can keep in mind them as being very like ourselves. neither is it too overdue for us to come across them so in detail that we would capture ourselves being concerned that we've got invaded their privateness. Digging up their refuse is like peeping during the keyhole. How far flung are our grandparents in truth once we can sniff the residues in their body spray, cough drugs, and face cream? If we wish to recognize what they got within the village shop, how they stocked the kitchen cabinet, and the way they fed, pampered, and cared for themselves there isn't any higher archive than a garbage tip during which every one item finds a narrative. an easy glass bottle can demonstrate what humans have been consuming, how an exceptional model emerged, or even if an inventor triumphed with a brand new layout. An previous tin tells us approximately advertisements, family chores, or international imports, or even a damaged plate can introduce us to the kids within the Staffordshire potteries, who painted within the shades of a robin, crudely sketched on an inexpensive cup and saucer.

In this hugely readable and delightfully illustrated little publication Tom Licence unearths how those daily trivia, dug from the floor, give a contribution to the larger tale of the way our nice grandparents equipped a throwaway society from the dual foundations of packaging and mass intake and illustrates how our personal throwaway behavior have been shaped.

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1900s. ) 29 What the Victorians Threw Away Figure 18. Goodall’s advert, showing a range of products. Much of the packaging would not survive in the ground. 1900s. ) 30 1. Labourers’ Cottages in Kent to one in Mr Opie’s collection, labelled as Lazenby’s essence of anchovies and browning for gravies. Mr Opie’s bottle is stained with the same rusty red colouring inside. Jars for pickles, chutneys, and jams had been dumped intact, as had a rough, unornamented ginger jar and two earthenware cream jars.

24). Three came from ‘Leney & Co’, Dover, and one from ‘Ind, Coope and Co’ at the Romford brewery in Essex. Wearmarks on its base revealed that the Romford bottle had been filled more than once during its travels. Evidence of whisky from the second pit came in the form of a bottle shaped like a pumpkin seed. These distinctive bottles were known as ‘pumpkin seed flasks’. Whisky bottles dug up in the third pit included one from Dewars’, Perth, and another, from James Buchanan & Co, which advertised ‘Finest Old Highland Malt Whisky’ (Fig.

Part of the rusty shell was removed before the photo was taken, to expose the contents in situ. Near the top is a small, bluish, rectangular bottle for Kutnow’s powder, a popular laxative and cure-all. Beneath it is a standard white ceramic pudding bowl containing a decayed tin, over the remnants of a saucer, decorated with a transfer-printed blue floral pattern. The green beer bottle also in the bucket was sold by W. and H. E. Tanner of Shrewsbury. It is intact, but the neck lies hidden beneath another bit of the broken pudding bowl.

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