Punch,  48 (1865), 159.

Mysterious Advertisement

Wynkyn De Chaffe


Letter, Spoof


Light, Commerce, Photography, Geology, Astronomy

    The letter writer seeks Mr Punch's assistance in interpreting an advertisement for 'Coils of Sunshine'. Proceeds to offer his own reflections and explanations. For example, he suggests that whilst 'Photographers have done their best to stare the daily luminary out of countenance', 'some audacious speculator is going to take the shine out of him, and drop it in our letter-boxes', and wonders how 'such an inflammable enclosure be secured'. Begs for Mr Punch's help on the grounds that he has read a 'shocking report that the speculators' will next 'supply us with rolls of earthquake by book-post' and stars from the Milky Way.

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