The 1700s were a shameful time in London’s history. Although slavery was something that happened far away, on American cotton farms and West Indian sugar plantations, England had many critical, if slightly murkier, parts to play. From MPs owning Caribbean plantations to a newly-discovered British appetite for sugar, England was implicit in human slavery. This uncomfortable past touched much of British life, and was hidden in a great many everyday objects and institutions.
With advertising running parallel with consumer society, it isn’t surprising that the advertising boom coincided with the Victorian industrial revolution. With newspapers and other printed materials the main source of information for Londoners, column ads were ubiquitous. Like any modern publication looking to turn a profit, publisher John Tallis looked to local businesses for advertising revenue. Read the full post
In the third part of Nickos’ travels to Russia, Nickos wonders why they didn’t take the obvious route of crossing the Baltic Sea. Read the full post