The People’s Pleasures. No 1. A Steamboat Up the River

The People’s Pleasures. No 1. A Steamboat Up the River. William S. Brunton (fl. 1859-71. Fun (12 August 1865): 120. Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it.

Much of the page in the online Smathers Library collection is out of focus and difficult to decipher, so I have transcribed small portions that give an idea of the text accompanying the picture. —  George P. Landow

“The people of London . . . who don’t go abroad, take their little outings. . . . How delightful it is to enjoy with pensive pleasure the lovely scenery and sandwiches that mark a trip up the Thames. . . . Traveling is, however, not without its perils. The [railway] line has its smashes. The river has its mudbanks. We have been stuck in one for the last hour, and shan’t get off for two more. But no matter! There is no danger to life and limb. . . . I suppose one cannot die of starvation before the tide turns. . . .”

“We have touched at Twickenham where we have been affably received. I intend going on shore. The natives are said to be hospitable.”

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