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2:57pm on Tuesday, 26th September, 2017:

Le Grelot


Ah, this arrived today:

It's an issue of the French satirical magazine Le Grelot, in particular issue 5: this was one of several issues published in Paris during the Commune.

I don't know what surprises me most: that copies of such publications have made it to the present day; that they've done so in reasonable conditionl that they aren't expensive to buy; that Le Grelot wasn't immediately shut down by the Central Committee (it was on the side of the Republic, not of Paris) or that it had a full-colour front page in the middle of a siege.

It's fascinating to read contemporary gossip about figures I know from discussions of historical events in books.

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