When the opportunity arose to see a bear (whether dancing or being baited in the village square), or a monkey (begging for money for its organ grinder), the general populace took full advantage. They were excited to see something beyond the everyday. When the traveling menageries took to the roads of Britain in the mid-1700's, people were agog. The wonders that the world held dazzled and astonished.
|Morning Post - Friday 13 May 1808|
|Cheltenham Chronicle - Thursday 06 August 1818|
|Lancaster Gazette - Saturday 31 January 1818|
|Stamford Mercury - Friday 18 April 1817|
|Windsor and Eton Express - Sunday 19 October 1817|
Pidcock's Menagerie housed at the Exeter Exchange in London also traveled the country as well, as early as 1770.
|courtesy British Museum - 1799|
|Tyne Mercury; Northumberland and Durham and Cumberland Gazette - Tuesday 03 June 1817|
|The European Magazine and London Review vol 56 Dec 1809|
|Worcester Journal - Thursday 16 August 1821|
'Til next time,
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