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4.0 out of 5 stars Relive the age of The Victorians., 19 Dec. 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Victorian Household - Replica Memorabilia Pack (Home)
This Victorian Household - replica memorabilia pack
is similar to those other packs of historical ephemera
from the Resources for Teaching set of products, but
these items tend to be centred on the moneyed classes
within the Victorian era, rather than give any ideas
or insights into the lives of ordinary working people.

We have a facsimile of the first edition of the Exchange
and Mart for 1868 price one penny. With servants wanted
adverts, and ads for a Landau or Brougham carriage for
sale.
Included also are several replica advertising brochures
such as the one for Hampton & Sons of Pall Mall, who could
furnish your whole house with anything from a valve water
closet to the four poster bed for your fitted bed room.
There is also a licence from the Inland Revenue for
authorisation to employ and keep servants, use armorial
bearings, and to use your own horse and carriage,which
had to be renewed yearly. Just like today, the Victorians
had a tax for nearly everything!
The remainder of the pack is given over to advertising
materials for such things as Carbolic Tooth Soap which
probably tasted as bad as it sounds,and cures for all
kinds of ailments, the cures which would no doubt be
illegal now.
Like other packs in this series, there are a number of
cigarette card size adverts for Robin Starch, Peek,Frean
& Co biscuits,and one rather dubious one for Scrubbs Cloudy
Ammonia, refreshing as a turkish bath or for your hair?
The Victorians were suckers for an advert or two.

Whilst this pack is more, Upstairs Downstairs or Downton
Abbey than the ordinary man and woman in the street, it
does give an interesting look at Victorian life.
Some of the items are quite small as other reviewers have
stated, but they are worth a look. Those of us who had
relatives who were in service would gain more than just a
glimpse at a world now gone.
Children might enjoy these packs, but they are somewhat
fragile and might require laminating to give them a longer
life in tiny hands. I don't understand why they are listed
as a 'toy', when they are really primary source material
for period history, but either way, they are interesting
items.
Well worth a look see.
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