Cartoon, A Parcel of Old ------ Frightened at a ... Bill
Cartoon, A Parcel of Old ------ Frightened at a Nasty! Great! Ugly! Jew Bill. A satirical comment on the House of Lords rejection of the Jewish Disabilities Bill, designed to permit Jewish MPs to swear a non-Christian oath of allegiance. The Bill was approved by the House of Commons in 1848, but was rejected twice by the House of Lords. Lionel de Rothschild had been elected in 1847 -- as a result of this rejection he resigned his seat and forced a by-election, which he won. There were more years of delay, and the so-called Jews Relief Act was finally passed in 1858.
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Captured frogs bid for Freedom
A young schoolboy in his full school uniform get a nasty surprise when the frog he has captured makes a daring bid for freedom, leaping out and away as soon as the airhole-added lid has been lifted. The girl in the background looks in danger of dropping the tottering pile of crockery in her arms! Watercolour painting by Malcolm Greensmith
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