A footman at a seaside establishment asks a man who is about to leave if he will take a barrel of sea-water with him …

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A footman at a seaside establishment asks a man who is about to leave if he will take a barrel of sea-water with him on behalf of another resident. Wood engraving by J Leech, 1846. The implication seems to be that the woman who has acquired the barrel will be returning home by horse-drawn coach, whereas the man who is packing his luggage will be returning by railway. In the mind of the former (but mistakenly?), the latter would find it easier to transport a barrel of seawater. Created 1846. Railroad travel. Seaside resorts. Hotels. Contributors: John Leech (1817–1864). Work ID: xjasq5km.

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