What the Victorians Threw Away by Tom Licence

By Tom Licence

The those that lived in England prior to the 1st international struggle now inhabit a realm of yellow pictures. Theirs is a global speedy fading from ours, but they don't seem overly far-off. many folks can be mindful them as being very like ourselves. neither is it too overdue for us to come across them so in detail that we'd capture ourselves caring that we've got invaded their privateness. Digging up their refuse is like peeping throughout the keyhole. How far flung are our grandparents in fact once we can sniff the residues in their body spray, cough medications, and face cream? If we wish to comprehend what they acquired within the village shop, how they stocked the kitchen cabinet, and the way they fed, pampered, and cared for themselves there's no larger archive than a garbage tip in which each one item unearths a narrative. an easy glass bottle can demonstrate what humans have been ingesting, how an exceptional model emerged, or even if an inventor triumphed with a brand new layout. An outdated tin tells us approximately ads, loved ones chores, or international imports, or even a damaged plate can introduce us to the kids within the Staffordshire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 booklet Tom Licence unearths how those daily trivialities, dug from the floor, give a contribution to the larger tale of ways 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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1910. introduced before 1910) were found near the bottom of pit number three (Fig. 23). Whoever filled the second pit also drank from ‘Codd bottles’ sold by J. W. Court of Deal. Identical bottles sold by J. W. Court and ‘J. W. Court & Sons’ were found near the bottom of the third pit. Unlike those in the earlier pit, they had not been broken for the marbles, but perhaps children could not get at them in the bottom of a very deep hole. John Wyatt Court, a publican in Deal, was 67 years old for the 1911 census.

See Ethel Bright Ashford and Humphrey Baker, Rural Refuse and its Disposal, The SCAPA Society, For the Prevention of Disfigurement in Town and Country (Letchworth Garden City, 1933). 19 D 1. Labourers’ Cottages in Kent d P EAR Tree Cottage in Guston is a long, low building of seventeenth-century date, with a third of an acre of garden, mostly to the rear. Formerly it was divided into four tiny cottages. The different treatment of their outer walls, and also their different floor levels, can still be seen on the property (Fig.

The contents did not suggest otherwise. There were three cups and one saucer showing the robin on the sprig of holly, along with remnants of a fine, stemmed wine glass; a goblet which might have held wine, posset, or punch; a hand-painted egg cup, crudely decorated with foliage resembling holly or ivy, and quantities of bottle glass from wine bottles (Fig. 14). Two unusual bottles had been put in with this rubbish intact (Fig. 15). One was a soda water bottle moulded as a roundbottomed cylinder.

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