Regency Advertisements: Wigleworth’s Wine

  This ad appeared in the January 1818 La Belle Assemblee, proclaiming the availability of every hero’s favorite drink (he at least likes one of them, and if he is a rakehell, all of them).

Regency Advertisements: Play the Lottery!

  Appearing in the 1806 La Belle Assemblee, these two ads promise untold riches for those game enough to enter the lottery. Lotteries were in England officially since 1566. The English State Lottery ran from 1694-1826, when parliament shut it down.

London Hot Spots: The Porter Brewery

The ambulator; or, The stranger’s companion in a tour round London (1807) Porter beer rose in popularity in the 1700s, and would begin to dwindle in popularity in the 1820s.  Much of its popularity was related to its favor with the working class of industrializing London.  According to a letter from Cesar de Saussure in 1726: “In this country nothing but beer is drunk, and … Expand