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Cook's Excursion part 08

Cook's Excursion part 08

Composer: Hunt, G W

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: H.1257.(40.)

Item number: Tract (40.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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This song title is referring to 'Thomas Cook' who created a travel company in 1846, running inexpensive rail excursions between Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham on behalf of temperance societies and Sunday schools. At a time when tourism was regarded as unpopular, Thomas Cook made it acceptable, and his son John Cook, who joined the family business in 1865, made it respectable. By 1880 tours were offered throughout the British Isles, to Europe and even as far as Egypt and China. Thomas Cook saw foreign travel as a form of education and as a release from the daily drudgery of the working mans life. For the first time travel and a holiday was available to those other than the most affluent in society.

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