George “Tornado” Smith, who thrilled crowds with his Wall of Death motorcycle ride, posts a letter from a penny-farthing on the Earls Court Road, London, circa 1935. The ‘L’ he is wearing is a “Learner” sign.
From The Lost Lions (2011) by Edward Gorey
Sumo wrestler checks his mail box, with sincere thanks to Candi Strecker.
Fortunino Mantania was an Italian artist, living in London, who worked as an “allied war artist” during World War I, with most of his work being published in The Sphere. Above, British officers having afternoon tea in a ruined farm house in Ypres, and below, a soldier writes a Christmas letter to his family, using an ammunition box as a desk.
From Goodbye, Old Man: Mantania’s Vision of the First World War (2014) by Lucinda Gosling.