We found this fantastic bound copy of The Illustrated London News (July-December 1898). WOW! What a wealth of information. Lots of things going on in the world in 1898. The ascension of Queen Wilhelmina to the throne of Holland, the Spanish-American War, the British War on the Soudan, the German Emperor's visit to Palestine and the assassination of the Empress of Bavaria all received major attention and cover stories in the Illustrated. A smaller amount of coverage was given to the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.
With all these major events, the Illustrated carried its usual publication of serial novels, fashion news and gossip. And the businesses of London produced some fantastic advertisements. These four are just the tip of what we found, but represent the quirky side of advertising back in 1898.
What is this gadget? It is called the Excelsior Electrical Cabinet made by Parkins & Gotto. What strange things were done with this appliance?
And the show must go on! The Greatest Show on Earth, Barnum & Baily's Circus was in London on Boxing Day.