Two admission tickets from 1790
These two tiny slips of paper shouldn’t exist. They are admission tickets from the 18th century, which users would normally have thrown out - but they were not, obviously. The top one gave one Mr. Masfield admission to the British Museum. He visited it on 3 March, 1790, a Wednesday. At this time small groups of five visitors were guided through the museum by a servant - Mr. Masfield took the 1 O’Clock tour, according to the ticket. The guides were not to receive any tips from these wealthy visitors: “No Money is to be given to the Servants,” the ticket warns. The second ticket admitted one Mr. Zucker admission to the chemistry lectures at Cambridge University (Harvard), “for the present season”. It was issued 14 October, 1790, in the same year Mr. Masfield visited the British Museum. This is, in other words, the precursor to the modern student card. I love how these two unpretentious slips of paper somehow made it into our own time: time capsules that show us brief moments in the lives of two 18th-century gentlemen.
This is far from the hair color or texture I want, but it’s the exact length, so: reblog.
by Édouard Boubat