According to the accompanying caption, this is a “cartoon showing a hot summer in the city resulting in everyone taking to the roofs for some breeze.” Novel idea: maybe skip the frock coat in a heat wave? But no, no, Victorian proprieties must be observed.
So the next time you’re sweltering in the sun, take a moment to be grateful you’re not obliged to cover your ankles and that you live in the age of the popsicle.
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