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Taxonomy from the Porter [Mar. 18th, 2008|01:46 pm]
The American Caliban
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Railway Porter (to Old Lady travelling with a Menagerie of Pets). "’STATION MASTER SAY, MUM, AS CATS IS ‘DOGS,’ AND RABBITS IS ‘DOGS,’ AND SO’S PARROTS; BUT THIS ’ERE ‘TORTIS’ IS A INSECT, SO THERE AIN’T NO CHARGE FOR IT!"

Charles Keene ~ 1869

I've been looking for the original of this cartoon for years. It's much quoted, sometimes with a "tortis" and sometimes with "hinsect" or other variations on rabbits and cats.

Thanks to http://www.wandleys.demon.co.uk/punchpix.htm and a collection of Punch cartoons about trains.
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From: dreamyshade
2008-03-18 08:53 pm (UTC)
there's a big collection of punch in the ucsb library, just hanging out in the normal shelves. pretty fun. [1, 2]
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[User Picture]From: mightywings
2008-03-19 03:44 am (UTC)
I love taxonomy!
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