Wednesday 15 December 2010

The Victorians and Edwardians on the Move

A nice little title from Shire just popped through my door [hint to publishers: will consider any Victorian freebies!] entitled The Victorians and Edwardians on the Move, by John Hannavy. It's a brief summary of all the different modes of transport available in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, and covers everything from railways, to walking,
to steam engines, to balloons, together with copious images, like the one I've added right (showing how much luggage you could fit on an omnibus, if truly pressed!). Some of the images, taken from colourised postcards, are a little - forgive the word - pedestrian; but many are smashing, ranging from a 1904 wedding party in Auchmithie (east coast of Scotland) to the torpedo-like first military dirigible, seen at Crystal Palace in 1907. The price at £9.99 is quite high for a small pocket book (127pages) but some of the numerous photographs are very interesting and you'll come away with a good basic grounding in Victorian transport ... a neat little Christmas present, perhaps?

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