Boys on an 18th century fire engine, Wirksworth
Boys playing on an 18th century fire engine at Wirksworth, Derbyshire. It was believed to be the oldest fire engine in England, dating back to 1721, made by Newsome. Its most recent use had been to facilitate the washing of windows, but the Town Surveyor had offered it to the South Kensington Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum) as it was older than any fire engine held there.
© London Fire Brigade / Mary Evans Picture Library
Emerald Tablet, Smaragdine Table or Tabula Smaragdina
Emerald Tablet, Smaragdine Table or Tabula Smaragdina. Work attributed to the legendary alchemist Hermes Trismegistus who summarizes the process 'Magnum Opus' or 'Great work' for the creation of the Philosopher's Stone. Illustration showing the connection between the complementary principles of the sun and the moon, sulfur and mercury. Engraving.
© Colecciasca/Iberfoto/Mary Evans
A Weighty Reason by H. M. Bateman
"He seems happy, but what on earth did her marry her for - her money?"
"Oh dear no - her house"
On seeing a chap walking in the park with an older, somewhat voluptuous, older lady, two fellows discuss why he might have married her.
© Estate of H M Bateman/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library
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