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Cartoon Depicting London's Great Stink of 1858

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Cartoon Depicting London's Great Stink of 1858

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In the summer of 1858, a combination of high temperatures and sewage overflow unleashed water-borne diseases and a malodorous stench on England's capital. This Punch magazine cartoon depicts "Father Thames" introducing his offspring--diphtheria, scrofula and cholera--to the City of London.

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