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Two Victorian maids

 

Two Victorian maids, photographed by Lionel Bartram,

of Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth

January 17, 2021 Posted by | Maid, Maids, Servants, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victorian Nurse – Cabinet Card

 

 

Another cabinet card that I received today, at first I thought that the woman could be a nurse, the bottle of “medicine” or “tonic” and spoon on the table with a pair of scissors suggesting this, looking at the brooch on her collar I thought could be a hospital badge, the Workhouse Infirmary Nursing Association issued one of the first in 1879 and the picture looks to be from that period. However, on closer examination I could see an image of Saint George and the Dragon, it is much too small to be a mounted sovereign which was about 20mm in diameter and after searching I found a silver coin brooch c1820 with a similar design measuring 3.8 mm or 1.5 inches in diameter therefore suggesting she was a maid wearing a brooch rather than a nurse.

January 14, 2021 Posted by | Maid, Maids, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marie Lloyd – That was a bloomer – 1896

 

Sheet music cover for ‘That Was A Bloomer’ as sung by Marie Lloyd, written by Harry Castling and composed by George Le Brunn. Published in London by Francis, Day & Hunter and in New York by T. B. Harms & Co., 1896.

Before the use of gramophones and radio became widespread, the music sheet was the mainstay of the music industry. The explosion in popularity of parlour music in the late 19th century, with a piano becoming a fixture in the home, led to the printing of famous songs from the music hall stage. This music sheet is one of many that were issued with the words and music of songs performed by the music hall star Marie Lloyd.

Marie Lloyd (1870-1922) had a career spanning 40 years. She first appeared at the Eagle Tavern in London aged 15 as Bella Delmare, singing ‘My Soldier Laddie’. By 1885 she had become Marie Lloyd with her hit song ‘The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery’. She was a huge success and topped the bill at the West End music halls. Her songs were full of innuendo and double meaning. ‘She’d never had her ticket punched before’ and ‘Oh Mr Porter what shall I do?’ appeared innocent on first reading but took on a very saucy interpretation when performed by Miss Lloyd.

V&A

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Vintage Sunday

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Watch out for Santa

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Marie Lloyd as Tricky Little Trilby – The Sketch – 25th December 1895

 

Marie Lloyd – The Sketch – Wednesday 25th December 1895

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Marie Lloyd – The Sketch – Wednesday 25th December 1895

Marie Lloyd – The Sketch – Wednesday 25th December 1895

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Victorian Lady

 

I bought this frame and picture from a local antiques fair mainly because I liked the cabinet card

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Washday – 1885

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Sign the Pledge – 1889

Sign the Pledge – 10th February 1889

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