Title: Victorian Tilepaper
created on 15 Jun 19

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1. chelydra wrote:
 By mid-Victorian times, the ghastly poverty of displaced peasants crowded into urban slums and enslaved in dark satanic mills
2. chelydra wrote:
 was beginning to alleviated by slightly-above-starvation wages, and the mass production of cheap decorative frippery on which to spend their pennies of surplus income
3. chelydra wrote:
 . . . Ceramic tiles with their hand-painted imagery were way beyond the means f the toiling masses, but mass-produced paper tiles brightened the dim slum dwellings of Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow.
4. chelydra wrote:
 Affixed to damp walls with fish-skin glue, the fumes of ripening tiles quickly became asphyxiatingly fetid, but few of the denizens of the Britain's industrial wastelands even noticed—they were accustomed to inhaling dense coal smoke and toxic emanation
5. chelydra wrote:
 —s of lead, mercury, bitumen, sulfur and poisoned vermin, all in a day's work. You might think a paper-tiles wall would be useless, but those dwellings had no bathtub, shower, or even a kitchen sink.
6. chelydra wrote:
 Sadly nearly all the lovely colored inks used in printing the tiles were from fugitive coal-tar dyes. Within a few months they'd fade to off-white and charcoal-gray tones.
7. chelydra wrote:
 Some households went without food or firewood in order to keep buying new paper tiles. It's said that this contributed substantially to the alarming mortality rates of poor families in mid-Victorian England.
8. chelydra wrote:
 However, you shouldn't necessarily believe everything you hear or read, lest you be led astray by unscrupulous deviants, desperate to convince you
9. chelydra wrote:
  to bestow your hard-earned stars and hearts on undeserving artistic efforts.
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