Before Gromit


The December 8, 1905 issue of The Engineer, on page 563, carried a report of the Smithfield Show –

As a rendez-vous for farmers, stock breeders, and agents for and manufacturers of agricultural implements — in the widest interpretation which can be placed upon the term ‘agricultural’ — the Smithfield Club’s annual Exhibition at Islington continues to fulfil its mission. …

Interesting to see ‘rendezvous’ quaintly hyphenated and italicised as it wasn’t yet fully absorbed into the English language. Also interesting to see a bit of Islington in 1905 which is clearly still ‘all fields‘.

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So disappointed that this is captioned Wallis and not Wallace. We always wondered if Gromit might have had a predecessor.

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