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Historical Gallery

All of the images in this gallery come from the historical collections of Baker Library at Harvard Business School. They are some of the many artifacts in the library that bring the historic events of the South Sea Bubble to life.

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The Bubblers Medley, or a Sketch of the Times: Being Europes Memorial for the Year 1720

Bubblers Medley

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The Bubblers Medley, or a Sketch of the Times: Being Europes Memorial for the Year 1720 [no. 1], London: Printed for Carington Bowles, no. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, [1720]. Bancroft Collection, copy two.

The satirical print shown here is a remarkably rich record of the popular culture surrounding the South Sea Bubble in England and the Mississippi Bubble in France, both occurring in 1720. Included in the engraving are poems, playing cards, images, and a newspaper clipping. First published in 1720 by Thomas Bowles, the Bubblers Medley appears in two variants, each with slightly different elements in the collage. You may view the other version.