Recruits, 1780.Engraving by Watson and Dickinson after W H Bunbury, 1780.This caricature was published during the American War of Independence (1775-1783). The war in America made enormous demands on British Army manpower. Here a recruiting officer and a non-commissioned officer line up new recruits outside an inn. Although the Army required able-bodied men, in times of shortage it would make do with whoever it could get. Many recruits were less than ideal material, as this caricature illustrates.Even so, the Government could not find enough recruits at home, and was forced to supply the shortfall by hiring Hessian (German) mercenaries. Date: 1780
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Frightfulness as applied to a man on short leave
Part of the "War-Time Studdys" series, this soldier home on leave during World War I finds himself the victim of selfish demands from family and friends who all want a piece of him, no matter how short his leave is. Credit should read: Estate of George Studdy/Gresham Marketing Ltd./ILN/Mary Evan"
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The Elizabethan lady had a big choice what to wear - this wide rich gown and undergown set are utterly different from the 'farthingale' look chosen by the more style-conscious
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