Advert for Travers Brothers, hammock manufacturers
Printer: Ottman, J
Medium: Print on paper
The illustration on this leaflet depicts a young woman, possibly a nanny or governess, putting a group of children onto a Travers Brother hammock. Hammocks became very fashionable in the 19th century. Adventure and exploration were frequent subjects of discussion and owning a hammock like that of African explorer Dr Livingstone was a signifier of one's interest in an outward-bound life.
Hammocks were also popular within the British prison system for a time as space-saving devices. They could be taken down during the day and strung up using brass hooks to use as a bed at night. However inmates used the brass rings as weapons so hammocks were quickly removed from the cells.