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Father Thames introducing his offspring to the fair city of London.
|Father Thames introducing his offspring to the fair city of London.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H6332|
|Description: A 'Punch' illustration from July 1858 - the year of the 'Great Stink'. In the hot summer of that year, the foul state of the Thames - caused partly by industrial pollution, but mainly because raw sewage was discharged straight into the river - was particularly unbearable. Things got so bad that even the workings of Parliament were affected. Not surprisingly, vital decisions to clean up the river were made soon afterwards.|
|Date: 3 July 1858|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum|