Discovery of the Adams mammoth, 1799
Discovery of a frozen mammoth in Siberia. A local chief spotted the creature, encased in transparent ice, on the banks of the river Lena in 1799. It took 5 years to thaw out, when it was set upon by native inhabitants, the tusks being sold off and the hide feasted upon by dogs and wolves. A naturalist, Michael Adams, came to hear to the mammoth, gathered up its remainders, repurchased the tusks and carried the whole thing to St. Petersburg(a distance of 7, 730 miles), where it was displayed in a museum. The creature became known as the Adams mammoth, after Michael Adams who recovered it. Date: 1799
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Manneken Pis Postcard Album - Little Girl wishes for the sam
Little Girl: "Say Mother, I hope St Nicholas would bring me one of those to squirt in the air with"... Manneken Pis (Dutch for 'little pee man'), also known in French as the 'petit Julien', is a very famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. This fold-out postcard album contains humourous sketches relating to the statue and individuals reactions on viewing it!
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection