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Prof. Frank McDonough on Victoriana

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    Per Professor McDonough writes on Twitter:

    10 August 1889. The screw bottle top was patented by Dan Rylands of Hope Glass Works, Barnsley. Yorkshire. It provided a simple and convenient alternative to the cork bottle tops used to close wine and whiskey bottles. Screw caps are now more widely used.

    Victorian screw top bottles. Courtesy Prof. Frank McDonough

    Also on this day, 10 August 1897. The RAC (Royal Automobile Club) was founded.

    The Royal Automobile Club Car Badge ca. 1905 issued in the reign of King Edward VII

    10 August 1895. The first Promenade Concert [now “The Proms”] was held at the Queen’s Hall, London, conducted by Henry Wood (pictured).

    10 August 1842. Parliament passed the Mines Act which stopped women and children under 10 from working underground.

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