I have done absolutely nothing costume-related in the past couple of days, and that is because I’ve started my 2011 taxes.
‘Course, taxes in the 18th century were a big deal too in England, and were a major factor when it came to the Revolutionary War in the American Colonies. School children everywhere know this one, “no taxation without representation!”
I kindof feel that way right now.
Here are some 18th century cartoons about taxes, from the Lewis Walpole Library:
|An enquiry concerning the clock tax Woodward delt. (clock tax, August 1797)|
In this case, the Clock Tax was taxing public service wall clocks, particularly in taverns, but also extended to watches. The poor man in the cartoon is asking about his clocked stockings. (Historical LOL)
|A visitor to John Bull for the year 1799, or, The assess’d taxes taking their leave!!|
Taxes as demons. Nothing has changed.
|An unwelcome visit Woodward del.|
|John Bull troubled with the blue devils!! Woodward del. ; Cruikshank sp.|
|Leaving off powder, or, A frugal family saving the guinea|
|The Devonshire amusement J. M. W.|