Christmas Eve in the US

This image was published in Harper’s Weekly on the 24th of December, 1892. Showing US troops, it is an illustration by Frederic Remington titled: “Roasting the Christmas Beef in a Cavalry Camp”.

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On this day: the premiere of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, a light opera by Arthur Sullivan and Sydney Grundy, premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London on the 24th of September, 1892.

Courtice Pounds as John Manners in Haddon Hall, 1892.

The production was based on a 16th century legend of the elopement of Dorothy Vernon, the heiress of Haddon Hall, and John Manners. However the setting of the story was changed to the 17th century.

Manners_and_DorothyCourtice Pounds (John Manners) and Lucille Hill (Dorothy Vernon), 1892.

In the first performance the roles of Vernon and Manners were played by Lucille Hill and Courtice Pounds.

Haddon Hall's long gallery c.1890 Derbyshire, England. Country House.

Haddon Hall circa 1890

Haddon Hall is an English country house in Derbyshire, and is one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland. These days it is used in film adaptations of Jane Eyre.

On this day: a train derailment in England

On the 9th of June, 1892 a passenger train overran signals at Esholt Junction, Yorkshire and collided with another. Five people were killed in the crash, and thirty were injured.

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Esholt_Junction_rail_crash_-_1892On 9 June 1892, a passenger train overran signals and was in collision with another at Esholt Junction, Yorkshire. Five people were killed and 30 were injured.

On this day: Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, London’s most recognisable bridge (and frequently – incorrectly – identified as London Bridge by tourists), photographed here under construction on the 28th of September, 1892.

View of Tower Bridge construction works, September 28th 1892.