Punch,  45 (1863), 127.

Pseudo-Historical Patent Whitewashing and Sponging Company (Limited)



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Commerce, Invention, Light, Technology, Spiritualism

    Announces itself as a company for removing people's 'tarnished reputations', and imparting to even 'the most blackened character qualities and beauties which never belonged to the original'. Insists that it operates in a similar way to 'dissolving views', insofar as the 'boldest outlines of character' can be removed and 'replaced by the most exquisite touches'. The company expects 'important results from the present and advancing state of spiritual science' because 'spirits of the highest celebrity [...] have shown themselves perfectly at home in the business' (i.e. in the restoration of posthumous reputations).

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