The Five Shilling Day at the Exhibition — Portion of the South Transept

The Five Shilling Day at the Exhibition from The Illustrated London News (19 July 1851): 101.

"The day of the great folks, and the day of the little folks — the day of the peach-coloured visites and the gaudy mousselaines de laine, and the day of cotton prints and the handkerchiefs at 1s. 11 d. — the day of the shiny boots, and the day of the ancle jacks with hob-nails — the day of the newest paletot, and the day of the most primitive smock-frock — the day of vanille, ices, and wafers, and the day of hunches of crust and lumps of meat and liquid refreshments in small bottles — the day of languid lounging and chatting, and the day of resolute examining and frank amazement — the day of the West-End of London, and the day of all the other ends of the earth — the five shilling day in fact, and the one shilling day, come — pass each before us, with your votaries; exhibit each your phenomena and your usages; introduce us each to your train of company; tell us, each, your comparative value; read us, each your separate lesson: for you have and you present, each of you — crown day and twelvepenny day — your distinct train of appendages and characteristics. Sunday in the world is not more unlike Saturday, than Saturday in the Exhibition is unlike Monday. On one day, society — on the other, the world" (100).

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