Saturday, October 09, 2010

Camblets and calimanco

At the Guardian, Kathryn Hughes on an exhibition of the bits of fabric left as identifying tokens by eighteenth-century mothers who dropped their babies at the London Foundling Hospital.

(And a temporary link at the museum's website, from whence I have borrowed the picture below.)


  1. I happened upon your blog, and I'm glad I did. I love the storyline of Invisible Things. I'll look it up when it comes out.

  2. Just saw this via Crooked House and thought I would pass on to you the same list of foundling-related books that I did to Steph....

    Tattycoram by Audrey Thomas (novel)

    Cirrus Flux by Matthew Skeleton (kids novel)

    A Home for Foundlings by Marthe Jocelyn (fantastic picture book/non-fiction)

    And I am also really looking forward to Invisible Things since I was a big fan of the first book.