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Advert for Travers Brothers, hammock manufacturers, reverse side

Advert for Travers Brothers, hammock manufacturers, reverse side

Printer: Ottman, J

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Evan.5882

Item number: 5882

Genre: Leaflet

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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.

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