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Bonkers Victorian inventions, including:
  • A steel collar, to protect against garrotting
  • A mechanical leech, in case there's a shortage of real leeches
  • A corset with built-in inflatable boobs

Date: 2014-09-28 02:35 pm (UTC)
ext_3375: Banded Tussock (Banded Tussock)
From: [identity profile] hairyears.livejournal.com
Garrotting was a thing in 19th Century London: in part, the media-driven fear of it (and the draconian legislation that resulted) would be familiar to students of the Daily Mail today; but part of that fear was genuine, because London had some enthusiatic early adopters of this effective and efficient innovation in street robbery.

Date: 2014-09-29 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oedipamaas49.livejournal.com
Victorian London really was a gruesome place, wasn't it?

Date: 2014-09-29 04:58 pm (UTC)
ext_3375: Banded Tussock (Banded Tussock)
From: [identity profile] hairyears.livejournal.com
If you ever get to Leeds and visit the Armoury (the national museum of arms, a huge place, filled by clearing out the attic in the Tower of London), give me a shout.

Last time I visited, they had over forty feet of display cases under the category "The 19th Century: Articles a prudent gentleman might carry about his person whilst travelling in Whitechapel".

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