Punch,  5 (1843), 42.

Punch's Handbooks: For Holidays in and about London



Essay, Drollery


Museums, Microscopy, Astronomy, Instruments, Amusement, Display, Observation

    Describes scientific amusements at the New Cut, London. These include the 'microscopic exhibition' where, for a halfpenny, one can see 'insects in a drop of water, myriads of which are swallowed, upon the authority of the showmen, every time we drink'. Other attractions include astronomical observations, which cost halfpenny or 'whatever you chance to have in your pockets' at the time.

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