Advert for the Tug of War, sweets
Medium: Print on paper
The sweets advertised here as the Tug of War were probably a form of liquorice. Sweets were inexpensive in the Victorian era, and brightly decorated confectioner's shops were common throughout Britain, in the richest and poorest areas.
Sweets were given imaginative and colourful names to encourage people to buy them. For example, after the Napoleonic wars there were popular sweets known as 'Wellington Stick' and 'Gibraltar Rock'. Evanion has written the date 1883 on this advert. This was the year that he collected it.