Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ramsgate advertisements for 1863

Following of from my post yesterday which was the Ramsgate pages from my 1863 railway guide next come the Ramsgate advertisements as promised.

While modern advertising is intrusive in 1863 the adverts were all discreetly placed at the back of the guide, however reading them suggests a world very different from that of 2016. 

I don’t just mean the beer at 5p a gallon, the Chatham House “Ramsgate College School” advertisement is an education in itself. A warm bath at least once a week, 10 guineas if you don’t want them home for the holidays or more if you are spending a few years expanding the British Empire.

At around 15 or 16 most pupils would have gone on to work some to university, I think the maximum age to get a university scholarship would have been about 18. if you had the money then I think entrance to university was based almost entirely on an interview.
I suppose there must be a great many university professors today who would like to choose their undergraduates that way. 

In the spirit of the guide here is my own advertising, i.e. the books that went out for sale in my bookshop in Ramsgate today http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/nigel-farage-in-bookshop.html

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