Meet George J. Nicholls, who in the year 1894 took his crazy love of swine to the certifiably bat-shit level.
Having designed his morbidly realistic side-of-bacon costume himself, he managed to sweep the Covenant Garden Fancy Dress Ball, and took home the First Place prize: forty Guineas.
Twenty-three years later he would release an equally hog-centric book that has gone done in history. Bacon and Hams was a vibrant account of turn-of-the-century hog farming across Europe, Asia, and North America, including diagrams, pictures (such as this one), and cutting edge scientific measurements of the progress of the state of the swine industry.
The few hardcover copies of the book that still exist sell for well over one-hundred dollars each, but what I really want is a pattern for this “Fancy Dress”.
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Saturday Swine-tacular is a (mostly) weekly account of all things both spectacular and swine. The curious, the delectable, the downright ridiculous; all porcine, all the time.