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Friday, February 10, 2006

Friday Quiz and Competition - Victoriana

What are these Victorian railway gadgets?

This week's competition has the very generous sponsor of Graham O'Mara, regular commenter on this blog, who has kindly offered a great prize. A few weeks ago me and
Neil went to a small exhibition in the London area where there were lots of weird and wonderful gadgets from Victorian times up to the 20th century. I took a picture of a couple of "gadgets" that could have been used on the railway or in one case, even on the London Underground at the time. I'd like you to try to identify them.

Picture One - What is this Victorian device?


No wise cracks about being able to see my Samsung camera in the background of the first picture!

And here's picture two:

Picture Two - What is this Victorian device?


So what are they? As usual, please make one attempt at a guess only. Points will be given to the most accurate answers. You have until 23.59 GMT on the 19th February to make your guess and to enter please leave either your email addres and/or website/blog in the comments below.

The London Underground: A diagrammatic historyOh and the prize. It's a copy of the "The London Underground: A diagrammatic history" by Douglas Rose. It's not exactly a book but a large format "map of the London Underground showing exactly when every line (and segment of line) and every station was opened and any subsequent closures, as well as all the changes in station names. There are a few odd explanatory paragraphs, but most of the information lies in the map"

"This is a must have for anyone studying the history of the London Underground as it clearly shows what happened and makes it much easier to see and understand."

Once again, thanks to Graham for sponsoring the quiz and have fun with competition!


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