Talk:London matchgirls strike of 1888

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Phossy Jaw Disease[edit]

Phossy Jaw disease was a bone cancer of the head. It would make your hair fall out, make your skin go yellow and turn both sides of the face a gradual shade of green and black puss! Loveley Hey? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:01, 13 October 2008 (UTC)


Shouldn't it be "London matchgirls' strike of 1888"? Malick78 (talk) 18:25, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Yes.Pyrotec (talk) 09:14, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

British Newspapers 1800-1900[edit]

These have just been released online - replacing access to the physical papers at Colingdale. Unfortunately, many are chargeable to recoup the cost of the project. However, some topics have been covered - including this one. HTH Kbthompson (talk) 10:30, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks very much for this information. We can made good use of it.Pyrotec (talk) 18:52, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

The strike[edit]

A new book by Louise Raw has a very full and well researched account of the strike. I have used information from this for a new section on the strike itself which was not previously covered adequately Waysider1925 (talk) 13:44, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

Clarification of Bryant[edit]

"Bryant was a leading liberal and nervous of the publicity" - Who is Bryant? He is not mentioned elsewhere in the article. . I assume he was one of the owners of the Bryant & May factory, along with Mr May, and I have amended the sentence to clarify this. If I'm wrong, please clarify.

BTW, Louise Raw, author of the book mentioned above, is giving a free talk, 7pm Fri 11th Nov 2011 at the Idea Store, Whitechapel. Worth going if you're interested in the Matchgirls. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RedTomato (talkcontribs) 14:07, 18 October 2011 (UTC)


The chronology of events described in this article is extraordinarily hard to follow.

Vandalism to "Popular Culture' Section?[edit]

"In the 1960s, the British actor Bill Owen collaborated with songwriter Tony Russell toepisode in the second series of the BBC's Ripper Street, aired on 11 November 2013..." Something's evidently been lost from this paragraph. I hesitate to call it Vandalism, since it doesn't look deliberate; but what else do you call it? Nuttyskin (talk) 06:30, 7 May 2017 (UTC)