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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Add: Pickfords

Our friend Andrew Tettenborn (Exeter) mentions that during the 19th century Pickfords was a major part of British culture, as witness this scene from Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe (1890):

[Enter Lord Mountararat and Lord Tolloller from Westminster Hall.]
     Celia: You seem annoyed.
     Lord Mountararat:  Annoyed!  I should think so!  Why, this ridiculous protégé of yours is playing the deuce with everything!  To-night is the second reading of his Bill to throw the Peerage open to Competitive Examination!
     Lord Tolloller: And he’ll carry it, too!
     Lord Mountararat:  Carry it?  Of course he will! He’s a Parliamentary Pickford – he carries everything!

[Frank Snyder]

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