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People using advanced materials and modes of transport in the year 2000, some travelling in hot-air balloons, some with their own wings, and some in carriages running on steam. Lithograph by C.J. Grant, 1834.

  • Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852.
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[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1834.

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1 print : lithograph ; image 38.2 x 27 cm


Every body's album, & caricature magazine. An original pictorial comical satirical political sentimental caustical whimsical philosophical theatrical poetical pastoral typical rumbustical moral periodical. No. 3. February 1st 1834. - To be continued once a fortnight - In mercy spare us if we do our best. To make as much waste paper as the rest. Price 6d plain 1s col. The century of invention Anno Domini 2000. Or the march of Aerostation, steam, rail roads, moveable houses & perpetual motion!!!!

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The top print shows on the left a street corner of "Hampstead Heath Street", with the shop of "W. Blow Out" at no. 1. In the foreground, people being transported in horseless carriages, and on the right a vendor advertising the last live horse. In the middle of the print is a bridge carrying the "Grand Northern Rail Road" on which a train carrying buildings is passing. In the background there are fields, more vehicles, a few buildings, and a huge tower on the right side called "Skyhigh Inn & Halfway House for Balloons". In the sky are balloons transporting people, four winged men with guns shooting at birds, and on the right side of the print two winged figures speaking
On the left, near the door to the shop of "W. Blow Out" is a sign saying "Wonders will never cease. Great bargain. No puffing. Selling off at prime cost 150 tubs of hydrogen gas as the proprietor is about to remove these premises to Windsor". A couple is speaking out of the first floor window of the building, saying "Why by all accounts the coal mines in the north are nearly exhausted". "Yes, I saw in the Steam Register last night that the coal mine under Blackheath is to be open'd to supply the market-". Out of the second storey window another couple is observing the balloons in the sky and commenting, "Oh look, there's another balloon race. Why there is four & a stearer in each". "Yes, I see it's the Out o'Sight Club against the United Moonites". On the top of the building, a man is talking to those passing by in a balloon, "Good morning Sir, taking an airing before breakfast". "Aye, merely a trip to Dublin & back again for an appetite"
On the street in the lower left hand corner there is a nurse looking after two boys, one of whom is crying and complains, "Nurse, heres Julian knocked my steamer into the kennel [i.e. cannel, gutter]". A man is walking down the street with a sign saying "Tomorrow evening 3rd inst., a cast iron parson will preach by steam at Fudge Chappel". On the street corner near the lamppost a man says to a boy, "Look here my boy, here's the Steam Guards" A brigade og guards drives horseless carriages across the middleground. One of the lead guards says to the rest of the men, "Attention- get your bellowses ready & prepare to blow your fires". In the middle of the street a man is shaking hands with a winged man saying, "Ah good day to ye. What winging it so early, why I understand you have removed to the top of Derbyshire Peak". "Yes, for my health. Now do give us a call by the first balloon". Near to them a man is sitting in his vehicle saying, "Bless me it's near 10 & his honor wished to be shaven by 9. Blow the fire it wont burn or there is no wind in these bellows". On the right another man carrying parcels on a vehicle says " He is the most unreasonable man I ever met with- to go from St. Pauls to Barnet in half an hour oh I can never do it". On the far lower right hand corner of the print a vender is advertising "Walk up walk up a rare exhibition to be seen here, a live horse! Supposed to be the very last of the race". Just behind and to the left of him a man says to the driver of his vehicle, "John just clap on your wings and fly home for my ladys fan"
The train in the middle ground has a banner on the front of the engine saying "To Birmingham" and is towing seven buildings in different architectural genres. The first building is unidentified, the second building is called "Zion Chappel", third building "The Villa of Taste", fourth building "J. Bladder Balloon Maker from Long Acre", fifth building is "Steamo Equestrian Traveling Company Licenced pursuiant to act in the 120th year of the Republic", sixth building "Establishment for cast iron glass warranted not to crack- established 1934" and the final visible building says "Traveling Bazzaa a great assortment of childrens balloons"
One of the vehicles in the background centre of the print near fields and a building says "Fly van- from London to Edinburgh in 3 hours". A longer vehicle near the tall tower on the right says "Licenced to carry 100 inside and 120 outside". In the sky to the right of the tower, two flying men converse; the left one tips his hat and says, "Good morning to you. Lovely day for a fly"
The bottom section of the print shows a collection of various vignettes. In the upper left hand corner there is a man walking along the street sweating saying "I'm sure I shall be too late for the steamer" captioned underneath "Walking by steam in 1834". To the right of that is a bird with a man's head, captioned "A chaff finch". In the top middle is a cartoon of a mustard pot and pepper shaker wrestling, captioned " A wrestling match between Mustard & Pepper. Query- which is the strongest". Second from the right in the top row is a monkey looking into a mirror as he is shaving himself, captioned "A barbery ape" and on the far right one man exclaims as another falls into the water of the "Peerless Pool"; the latter is captioned "A knight of the Bath"
In the second row of vignettess are: the distorted face of a man looking like an animal, a hare running under an arrow captioned "A hares breadth escape", a man clutching a tree stump with his hat on the ground captioned "A man o war in distress", and a lady stepping over a fence showing her ankle captioned "Rather an unbecoming style". The middle vignette shows two men sitting at a table with cats falling down from the ceiling: the man on the left says "I say that the Wigs are the saviours of the country. Deny it if you can" the one on the right exclaims, "I do deny it Plump- & maintain that they never saved anything except for themselves. There's that Plump", with caption below "A political catastrophe" To the right is a small sketch of a man with wings captioned "The butterfly was a gentleman" and another small sketch of a lady attached to a pole, with a rope leading down to where a man is pulling on it, captioned "ringing the bell". The final vignette in the second row shows a man looking into his reflection in the mirror saying "Hello! Higgins is that you" and a paper with the title "Satarist" under his arm
The bottom row of vignettes starts off with a poem about a drunk man being mistaken for someone who has drowned in the Thames, with the last of three verses missing in the impression catalogued. There is a sketch of deer captioned "Is there a heart that never loved". The middle sketch is of women swimming, captioned "Drama - Adelphi nymphs bathing - charming women!" The final vignette is of two men at a table, captioned "Politics - making a speech". The one on the left is writing, and the one on the right asks, "What shall we say-"


Wellcome Library no. 37253i


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