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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.
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.
Creator: 'Punch'
Date: 3 July 1858
Credit line: National Maritime Museum
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