Punch,  37 (1859), 174.

The Graffiti of London



News-Commentary, Drollery


Futurism, Astronomy, Instruments, Railways, Travel

    Following an Edinburgh Review article on the graffiti of Pompeii, imagines a similar discussion of the 'Graffiti of London' published in the year 3859 by 'Sir Cannibal Tatoo'. While investigating inscriptions on walls in London, Tatoo discovers 'a place where peripatetic astronomers exhibited their telescope for hire; as on a wall, which would have been an excellent resting-place for the instrument, is "Take a Sight"'. Adds that 'Even in those days, before Moon-railroads were known, the view of the celestial bodies interested our foolish forefathers'.

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