Cannes is a chic coastal town situated between Nice and Fréjus on the French Riviera. It is a popular tourist destination and the site of the Cannes Film Festival which was established in 1946, and is held annually (usually in May).
Revelation Piccadilly was a quality luggage retailer which opened a shop at 170 Piccadilly in 1923. Significant changes took place within the company from the late 1960s onwards, but the trading name Revelation Piccadilly was in use until around 2000 when it was changed to Case London.
Today, items of vintage luggage are collectable because of the high quality of both their design and the materials used in their manufacture.
Click here to see an example of a Revelation suitcase from the 1950s or 60s.
The picture above shows examples of vintage luggage made by the American company Samsonite.
Camel hair, mixed with wool, is used to make a light-tan coloured material known as camel-hair which is used in the manufacture of coats and jackets for both men and women.
The hair may be collected by combing or shearing Bactrian camels, or when it is shed naturally through the moulting process. Only the finer, softer hairs from the camel's undercoat are used to make camel-hair. A single camel may produce up to 5 lbs of hair in one year.
As mentioned in bookmark p.38, Taxol was the name of a laxative produced in France in the 1930s.
Eno's or Eno's Fruit Salt, whose main ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, was invented in the 1850s by James Crossley Eno of Newcastle upon Tyne, and was marketed as a remedy for digestive upsets and bloatedness, rather than as a laxative per se. However, its 'gentle laxative action' is referred to on the label in this photograph.
It is still manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, although it was withdrawn from the U.K. market in 2010. It is said to be a popular ingredient in Indian cookery.
These are words spoken by Jesus when he was tempted by the devil during his period in the Judaean Desert. They are recorded in the Gospel of Luke (4:8) in the King James Version of the Bible like this:
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
The phrase is repeated by Jesus on another occasion when he rebukes his disciple Peter, an event which is recorded in the Gospels of both Matthew and Mark (Matthew 16:23; Mark 8:33). Mark's version goes like this:
But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
'Get Thee Behind Me Satan' is also a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1936 film Follow the Fleet.
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The stone marten (sometimes known as the beech marten) is a small, agile animal with a long bushy tail, which is native to Central Asia and much of Europe. Its scientific name is Martes foina.
In the fur trade it is not particularly valuable, its pelt being considered inferior to that of the pine marten and the sable.
Exeter is a city in southwest England, situated on the banks of the River Exe, about 37 miles northeast of Plymouth.
Hollyhock is the common name given to flowering plants of the genus Alcea which contains about 60 species.
The species known as Alcea Rosea (the common holyhock) has traditionally been a popular ornamental plant in British gardens.
Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) was a Dutch-born artist who spent most of his life in England. He was a portrait painter to Charles I, and subsequently worked for Oliver Cromwell. Following the Restoration, he became chief portrait painter in the court of Charles II.
He was a very prolific artist although he sometimes completed only the head of a sitter, leaving his pupils to do the rest. He died at his easel, while painting a portrait of the Duchess of Somerset.
Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was born in Antwerp in what is now Belgium. Following periods spent working in Flanders and in Italy, he eventually settled in England in 1632. There he was given a knighthood, and appointed principal portrait painter in the court of Charles I.
He is estimated to have painted 40 portraits of King Charles himself, and about 30 of his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria.
Although the English Cocker Spaniel has a transatlantic cousin known as the American Cocker Spaniel, it is actually much closer in appearance to another kind of spaniel known as the English Springer Spaniel.
The Cocker Spaniel is renowned for its good nature and its continuously wagging tail (which is no doubt why the tail of Jasper, one of the Manderley cocker spaniels, is described several times as being a-thump!).