Punch,  31 (1856), 209.

The Future of the Bell



Reportage, Spoof

Relevant illustrations:

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Futurism, Progress, Medical Practitioners, Education, Astronomy, Light, Invention, Crime, Military Technology, Machinery

Publications cited:

The Times

    Subtitled 'From the Times Newspaper, Nov. 9th, A.D. 2256', this article explores the changes in London scenery at a time of the fall of the great bell of Big Ben—an allusion to contemporary problems with the bell. New features include a 'galvanic railway across the lucid and sparkling Thames', the existence of 'Nightingale College', a 'great electric globe' which answers 'so much better than the moon', and steam-powered policemen. The illustrations show what a steam-powered policeman and steam-powered military vessels might be like in 1897.

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