2012-09-10

Before Gromit

The December 8, 1905 issue of The Engineer, on page 563, carried a report of the Smithfield Show -

As a rendez-vous for farmers, stock breeders, and agents for and manufacturers of agricultural implements — in the widest interpretation which can be placed upon the term 'agricultural' — the Smithfield Club's annual Exhibition at Islington continues to fulfil its mission. ...

Interesting to see 'rendezvous' quaintly hyphenated and italicised as it wasn't yet fully absorbed into the English language. Also interesting to see a bit of Islington in 1905 which is clearly still 'all fields'.

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So disappointed that this is captioned Wallis and not Wallace. We always wondered if Gromit might have had a predecessor.

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