Fact File. No.1

Fact File. No.1

Fri, 2010-11-26 11:33

An occasional series.
Burglars in cartoons always wear horizontally striped jumpers because apparently after the Napoleonic wars large numbers of sailors were discharged with no hope of re-employment. Some took to burglary, still wearing their seaman’s stripy tops. These were depicted in cartoons and the imagery stuck.
The source of this information is impeccable - a reader’s letter to the Guardian newspaper’s  Notes and Queries section.

An occasional series.
Burglars in cartoons always wear horizontally striped jumpers because apparently after the Napoleonic wars large numbers of sailors were discharged with no hope of re-employment. Some took to burglary, still wearing their seaman’s stripy tops. These were depicted in cartoons and the imagery stuck.
The source of this information is impeccable - a reader’s letter to the Guardian newspaper’s  Notes and Queries section.

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Grade A stuff. I'm unqeusitoanbly in your debt.

Hullo Bintang,
you are very welcome.
Best,
Arthur

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