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Sign of the Mischief

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Sign of the Mischief

The Mischief Inn used to be situated on the south side of Oxford Street, London. Its sign depicted a man and his drunk shrewish wife, two apes, a pig and suspicious looking gin shops and pawnbrokers

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© Mary Evans / Peter & Dawn Cope Collection Mary Evans / Peter & Dawn Cope Collection

Apes Depicted Drunk Mischief Oxford Pawnbrokers Shrewish Situated Suspicious


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This intriguing photograph captures the sign of the Mischief Inn, a historic pub once located on the south side of Oxford Street in London. The Mischief Inn was renowned for its distinctive and colorful sign, which depicted a scene of mischief and chaos. At the center of the sign, a man is shown arguing with his drunk and shrewish wife, while two mischievous apes look on, causing further trouble. A pig, perhaps symbolizing the inn's hearty fare, is also featured, along with suspicious-looking gin shops and pawnbrokers. The sign's lively and humorous depiction of domestic discord and the vices of gin and pawnbroking were likely intended to draw in customers and create a sense of mischief and merriment. The Mischief Inn was a popular watering hole for locals and travelers alike, and its sign became a beloved and iconic part of the Oxford Street landscape. Despite its lively reputation, the Mischief Inn was not without its darker side. Gin shops and pawnbrokers were common in 19th century London, and the area around Oxford Street was known for its poverty and crime. The sign's depiction of these vices may have been meant to reflect the reality of life in the city at the time, or it may have been a clever marketing ploy to attract customers seeking a taste of the rough and rowdy side of London life. Regardless of its intentions, the sign of the Mischief Inn remains a fascinating and intriguing glimpse into the past, offering a glimpse into the history and culture of London during the Victorian era.

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