Over a hundred years ago, my grandmother (then in her early 20s) was taken on to work at the Prudential Insurance Company’s Head Office in London. Men and women were on separate floors and her main memory was that many of the girls working there kept long white gloves in their desk drawers so that they could head straight out in the evening after work. Incidentally, there was a ‘language’ of gloves just as there was a language of fans. Holding the tips of the gloves downward meant ‘I wish to make your acquaintance’.
On this day
February 2023 M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Tags1892 1948 advertising Australia Bodega Bothy Bottle brand bubbles cellar champagne Champagne coupe Churchill cork courtesan cricket Dickens Drunkenness English sparkling wine festival France fraud German wine Gin hangover Hugh Johnson Jancis Kate Moss kir labels Lambrusco madeira Malvasia medicine music hall oddbins Oxford Wine Club Oxford Wine Festival parmesan Pdro Ximenez Pepys Pint Pol Roger Pommery port red wine Robert Louis Stevenson Shampanskoye sherry sparkling wine summer drinking Temperance Tokay trollope vintage wager Wine glass size women