The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
The few British Officers who survived the crushing defeat inflicted by Boer riflemen at the Battle of Laing’s Nek, settle down at tiffin shortly after abandoning the offensive. The Drakensberg, Natal, South Africa during the First Boer War, 28 January 1881.
‘The Irish Devil-Fish’ by Sir John Tenniel, published in Punch, or the London Charivai, June 18th 1881. The captions read: ’ “The creature is formidable, but there is a way of resisting it, *** The Devil-fish, in fact, is only vulnerable through the head” Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea, Book IV., Ch. iii.’1. The (stereotypical) Irish octopus is the ‘Land League’2. The arms read: ‘anarchy’, ‘sedition’, ‘lawlessness’, ‘rebellion’, ‘outrage’ (?), ‘intimidation’, ‘obstruction’ and ‘terrorism’. The man wielding the knife is William Gladstone3: a former Prime Minister of the UK. It relates to the Plan of Campaign and the 1881 enactment of the Irish Coercion Act (Protection of Person and Property Act 1881), a reaction against protests and the Plan of Campaign. The Irish Coercion Act ‘permitted the Viceroy to detain people for as “long as was thought necessary”’45. The Plan of Campaign was formulated by Irish politicians for the protection of tenants from landlords6
See also ‘The Modern Devil-Fish’. The quote appears on page 357 of the James Hogarth translation published by The Modern Library, New York, 2002. As an aside: possibility of linking Victor Hugo to political cartoons where the octopus/devil fish emerges from a cave? There are several French cartoons (Les Monopoles and la Pieuvre Maconnique for example) that show the octopus attacking people from the safety of a cave, as in ‘Toilers of the Sea’. The knife stabbing head is another (as in ‘The Modern Devil-Fish’). Perhaps this is also the origin of the idea of a network with a central intelligence as shorthand for monopoly (ie. ‘action at a distance’ MacDougall). English translation/editions of ‘Toilers of the Sea’: New York 1867 (the year after it was published in Brussels), and UK edition 1887.
See also ‘Landlordism: a vampiric octopus (Northrop, 1900s)’, a English postcard that shows the reverse of this cartoon: the landlords are the (vampiric) octopus.
Antique Fashion Plate (1881) from the magazine Revue de La Mode. Gazette de la Famille, Paris. Two women by a bookcase reading from one of the books.
Victorian fashion comprises the various fashions and trends in British culture that emerged and grew in province throughout the Victorian era and the reign of Queen Victoria, a period which would last from June 1837 to January 1901.
Antique Fashion Plate (1881) from the magazine Revue de La Mode. Gazette de la Famille, Paris.Two women by a piano. One holds a sheet of music. The other is dressed in a spanish style costume.
The reign of Queen Victoria, a period which would last from June 1837 to January 1901 would see numerous changes in fashion. These changes would include, but not be limited to, changes in clothing, architecture, literature, and the decorative and visual arts.