We all like to have a few new things when we’re going off on holiday or travelling.
Usually though, we purchase them from the shops, we don’t pinch them.
I mentioned the other day how descriptions of what people wore in the past always fascinate me.
Coincidentally, though, a reader has since directed me to something he came across in a report from the Police Gazette of 1878.
This concerned the report of a theft overnight from a draper’s, Mackay’s, in South Shields. What do you make of what was taken?
• A blue reefing jacket.
• One pair of dark brown kid gloves.
• One tweed vest.
• One pair of tweed trousers, also with vest.
Also taken were letter cases and purses, and two black leather travelling bags.
Someone was off on a journey, weren’t they? Says our reader: “It seems like the suspect kitted himself out!