Victorian Pictogram Puzzle
Pictograms were a popular form of entertainment in the Victorian era and some came with an especial incentive to solve them - like the promise of an ‘Earthly paradise’ or the chance to win £30,000.
The above poster was designed by Thomas Bish, who pioneered new ways of advertising lottery tickets before the lottery was abolished by parliament in 1826. It reads:
"Catch Fortune when you can. As every man would rather get money than not, the attention of all is called to the New Lottery, in which, by a small risk, they may get an independent fortune. They should hasten to the nearest lottery office, and then, by purchasing even a share, they may secure what they desire, and which cannot fail to make the mare go, and place them (if money be their deity) in an earthly paradise."
And the address at the bottom is for BISH, 4 Cornhill and 9 Charing Cross, London.