The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

A magistrate masquerades as the “typical vagrant” (1926)

A lesser-known example of the well-established genre of slumming: in 1926 the Weymouth Magistrate decided to find out more about the condition of the men sleeping rough in the streets and parks of central London. As philanthropy met fancy dress he transformed himself into the “typical vagrant” and posed for this photograph on the Embankment. The short interview is from Reynold’s Illustrated News.


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