Two admission tickets from 1790
These two tiny slips of paper shouldn’t exist. They are admission tickets from the 18th century, which users would normally have thrown out - but they were not, obviously. The top one gave one Mr. Masfield admission to the British Museum. He visited it on 3 March, 1790, a Wednesday. At this time small groups of five visitors were guided through the museum by a servant - Mr. Masfield took the 1 O’Clock tour, according to the ticket. The guides were not to receive any tips from these wealthy visitors: “No Money is to be given to the Servants,” the ticket warns. The second ticket admitted one Mr. Zucker admission to the chemistry lectures at Cambridge University (Harvard), “for the present season”. It was issued 14 October, 1790, in the same year Mr. Masfield visited the British Museum. This is, in other words, the precursor to the modern student card. I love how these two unpretentious slips of paper somehow made it into our own time: time capsules that show us brief moments in the lives of two 18th-century gentlemen.
Some Lady Rainicorn Translations.
Lady has the best lines but nobody realizes it because she speaks Korean.
Uhm yeah, why has nobody pointed out that Tammy Macintosh in Miss Fisher is basically Katharine Hepburn?
Call me shallow but I would watch a show that was just Caroline Elliot walking around in heels for an hour.
i cant believe this is the 50th anniversary episode of doctor who
omfg the fucking theme
I present this tweet from BBC America’s Doctor Who feed without comment.
What light. So breaks. Such east. Very sun. Wow, Juliet.
What Romeo. Such why. Very rose. Still rose.
Very balcony. Such climb.
Much love. So Propose. Wow, marriage.
Very Tybalt. Much stab. What do?
Such exile. Very Mantua. Much sad.
So, priest? Much sleeping. Wow, tomb.
So stab. much dead wow.
Stunning Time Capsule House Opened After 100 YearsAn eccentric wealthy civil servant, Louis Mantin, wrote a will stating that his house was to be closed then reopened to the public a hundred years after his death, shedding light on how people lived back in the 19th century. This peek into life a century ago shows a world of opulence and change. Electricity and hot running water were new phenomena in houses, as were indoor toilets. The living areas were made for women who wore long skirts and sat sewing or at other gentle pursuits while men’s spaces were big and dark and bold.Louis Mantin’s bedroom is a jewel of opulence with its carved four poster bed, but most extreme are the walls covered in gilded leather. This material was made in 1812 and covered in silver leaf, then varnished in yellow to give it a golden look.The bed in the Ladies Salon was hung with curtains in the same pink material the walls are covered in. Called “Four Seasons”, Allaire’s room was extremely feminine, with painted ornamentation above every door showing seasonal scenes.Wanting the best of everything, Mantin’s was the first house in Moulins to have electricity, and one of the only ones to have hot and cold running water as well as toilets on each floor.
The electric lamp shown here came from the catholic church. The assistant curator says: “Mantin wanted to have comfort—he was very interested in modernization.”Mantin was interested in all sorts of eclectic things, and in his house you could find not only the stuffed wolf but also a diorama of real dead frogs fighting a duel in a glass globe. There is also a rat playing a violin and a stuffed blowfish.The toilet is porcelain covered with wood, and the bath of course is a modern (for the time) version of the hip bath. The screen in front of the fire was intended to prevent drafts when people were soaking in the warm tub.The formal living room is opulent in the extreme! It contains marble-topped tables, a chandelier, embroidered chairs, and rather than the usual mirror above the fire place, there is a window into the next roomAlthough the house is stunning, Mantin only partially set out what he intended to show. He did indeed conceal his home for 100 years to reveal the dramatic differences between houses of today and his house from a century ago. However since Mantin was rich and owned a mansion, he is only showing how rich people lived in opulence 100 years ago. This is certainly not how most people lived then.
I’m very much afraid, sir, that your greatest test is yet to come.
"It’s a joy to have such a wonderful part" Anne Reid on doing the tango in Halifax
ETA: Sorry, guys. Just got a message from youTube about copy right issues, so I will have to take it back down.
I will leave it up until I go to bed, so you have another 2 hours to watch/DL it!