The Procession of Animals

Free tickets to events are usually a treat, so it is no surprise that these 18th and 19th century prints were snapped up, purchased on the cheap and were considered the historical equivalent of a VIP Beyoncé ticket. Unfortunately for any happy punters that paid for these tickets, all they bought was a piece of paper and a lie on 1st April. There were, however, a couple of smaller giveaways on the tickets, so we shouldn’t feel too sorry for anyone who might have been conned by this trick.

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‘The Procession of Animals’, to be fair, does sound like a fun day out – after all, seeing the penguins at the Zoo is not one to turn down. This ticket wasn’t noticeably outrageous, apart from the secretary’s name – ‘J C Wildboar’ – who could very easily been someone destined to work with animals.

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Our second ticket of non-legitimate origins is one that allows the holder entry to Crystal Palace and the gardens. Another nice day out, in the grand scheme of things – shame it was another scam. The main clue on this piece is the name of the secretary – ‘A. Nidiot’ – a fairly obvious giveaway. For any eagle-eyed detectives out there, entrance to the palace is through the ‘Egress Gate’; I don’t think entering through the exit would be particularly easy.

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Ticket number three, if real, would have granted you passage on a boat trip to the Nore sand bank and back. Sounds like a peaceful day out, but this is another obvious trick. The captain, ‘Samuel Asinus’ [Latin for ‘Ass’], probably wasn’t capable of sailing a rubber dingy; as the steamer itself, if you believed that it existed, you might have been more than a little bit gullible.

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