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[Oscar Gustave Rejlander (1813–1875) Maids Drawing water at Freshwater, 1864]

Maids Drawing water at Freshwater, (the home of Julia Margaret Cameron), photo by Oscar Gustave Rejlander

2 Musicians, c1850. Musicians have always been a little over the top i'm guessing.

"Ensemble" 2 Musicians, Musicians have always been a little over the top i'm guessing.

Castle St Seven Dials 1880's delivering gallons of beer & Porter to the 14 Pubs on the Street / LONDON

Castle St Seven Dials delivering gallons of beer & Porter to the 14 Pubs on the Street / LONDON

This photograph of Pasquale Taraffo, who came to the US 3 times, is found in the National Archives.   Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1887, the musician began giving guitar concerts at age nine. He eventually switched from the traditional guitar to the harp guitar, a 14-string instrument mounted on a pedestal.

Pasquale Taraffo and his harp guitar. Born in Italy, Taraffo traveled the world playing his harp guitar, a 14 stringed instrument mounted on a pedestal. You can hear him play “Stefania,’ one of his.

Children as young as 13 were making matches at London's Bryant & May factory, earning very little for 12-hour days in conditions which exposed them to "phossy jaw," an affliction caused by exposure to phosphorus. When an exposé about their horrific treatment was published, the company tried to tamp down the accusations—but this only led to a huge walkout. As a result, Bryant & May agreed to better working terms.

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Shared comment: Victorian match girls 1888 worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. Phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.

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