Victorian romanticism

Victorian romanticism: I can't remember where I picked her up. Whoever she is, she should definitely consider a great domain name from

MadonnaNovember 12, 2018: My collection of Japanese representations of the Madonna and Child (see the banner below) is from a series of Christmas cards sent to me by Father Peter Milward, SJ, during the late 1970s. I had known him in Tokyo during the late 1960s and early 1970s, at a time I was flirting with Catholicism. Previous blog posts are here. – Alan Ireland, adilbookz (at)

Patriotic dachshund, 1914
Patriotic dachshund: From Punch, September, 1914.

Historical features

Punch with booksMany of the cartoons in this section are from bound volumes of Punch, which could still be picked up for a few dollars in New Zealand in the 1990s. At the time, I was planning to open a bookshop called Autumn Leaves. Then the internet came along, and I decided to sell online. The books were originally bought at garage and library sales. More info.

Balkan Beast: Bulgaria in World War I, Part 1.
Balkan Beast: Bulgaria in World War I, Part 2.
Britain's Jewish Problem, by M.G. Murchin, 1939.
Catalog of Edwardian Kisses.
Death of a Zeppelin, 1916, Part 1.
Death of a Zeppelin, 1916, Part 2.
Delhi in the 1850s. Map of British India forces.
Franco-Prussian War, 1870: Cartoons from Punch.
History of the New Zealand School Dental Service.
India in the 1700s: Collection of engravings.

Japanese Jesus banner

Ireland in turmoil: Collection of engravings.
Japanese postcards, late 1960s.
Japanese wartime cartoons, from Japan Times.
Mr Schmidt becomes Mr Smith, Punch, 1914.
John Bull holds door against women's suffrage.
Life and Times of Queen Victoria, Vol 1.
Queen Victoria: Early pictures.
Routledge's rhymes for children, circa 1885.
Russians in New Zealand, 1820.
Scenes from early 19th-century NZ (1) (2).
The Japan Times in the late 1960s.
The Japan Times Monogatari, 1966.
ジャパン タイムズ ものがたり.
Victorian architecture: 102 Dorridge Road.
Victorian Bovril advertisements.
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  1870: France's back is against the wall.

Index of other sites

Buy Backlinks: Improve your ranking.
Sell Text Links: Monetize your site. The view from the crow's nest.
current affairs: A record of my reading. Chronology of the Muslim community. Some of my published poems.
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Slavery: In war, the fate of the losing side. For more pic-
tures from early Aotearoa / New Zealand, click here.

Victorian foibles and fashions

Cherub drives carThe preeminent Victorian gadget was, of course, the motorcar, shown at left being driven into the 20th century by an ebullient cherub. But there were innumerable others, some of which were picked up and developed by later generations and some of which fell by the wayside. The following are taken from popular Victorian magazines:

Chastity belts for him and her.
Dr Sanden's Electric Belt.
Dr. Scott's Electric Corset wards off disease.
Dr. Scott's Electric Flesh Brush makes you tingle.
Dr. Scott's Electric Girdle revitalizes.
Foot's Adjustable Rest-Chair.
Health Jolting Chair is great shakes.
Ladies' Handbook of Home Treatment, 347-353.
Madame Rowley's Toilet Mask: The first facelift.
Penile ring: Don't leave home without one.

Indian dancing girl
India in the 1700s-1800s: Scenes from Cassel's Illustrated History of India, Vol. I, by James Grant, published in 1876. Click here to view the gallery.
(The above picture shows a girl performing the
"egg dance". Click it to see it in full size.)

Variolation and its devotees

Edward JennerThis is a journal of events and quotes from the vaccination controversy, with special reference to New Zealand. The logo depicts the first high priest of vaccination, Edward Jenner (1749-1823), doing his thing. Click on to read more. Forum

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