Punch,  26 (1854), 223.

The Boys and Lamps





Amusement, Steam-power, Mechanics, Metallurgy, Zoological Gardens, Display

    Reports that the 'gratuitous amusements' of the street outside his club are much favoured by boys. Claims that the 'new inventions of science and invention' at the Royal Polytechnic Institution are matched in popularity by such sights as the 'tin locomotives' and 'the properties of air [...] shown in the Pop-goes-the-Weasel pistols'. For the boys, the sights of the Zoological Society Gardens are upstaged by the 'Happy Family' of the street, while the pyrotechnical display at the Surrey Zoological Gardens is bettered by the burning down of 'the oil-and-colourman's'.

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