Megan Fitzpatrick’s Next Halloween Costume


From “The Cabinet of Arts, or General Instructor in Arts, Science, Trade, Practical Machinery, and the Means of Preserving Human Life, and Political Economy, Embracing a Variety of Useful Subjects” by Hewson Clarke, Esq. and John Dougall (London, 1817). Hat tip to Jeff Burks. See the full book here – it’s only a little longer than the title itself.

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26 Responses to Megan Fitzpatrick’s Next Halloween Costume

  1. Wow, people were really smart back then.

  2. joemcglynn says:

    So, assuming that’s Megan with the wings, is that Chris, Roy and Peter gathered around in front?

  3. Megan says:

    Funny guy.

  4. Mark says:

    I was under the impression that’s what she wore on a pub crawl.

  5. Kevin Wilkinson says:

    So who is the one counting gear teeth with his nose?

  6. Patrick says:


  7. Niels says:

    I am making a T-shirt of this and selling it to RISD students.

  8. Mike says:

    the guy on the left is …..enjoying the view?

  9. Tom Pier says:

    Is this what the morning staff meeting at Popular Woodworking is like?

  10. david seifried says:

    A bit fixated on Megan aren’t we.

  11. John Cashman says:

    That looks like the most uncomfortable saw tote ever. And why is that guy winding Megan up?

  12. Sue J says:

    Glad to see Megan has her pointy blacksmith-forged dividers to hand -give the blokes a little prod if necessary.

  13. Brian Hotham says:

    How does she put up with you?!

  14. Rick says:

    You both rock nevertheless.

  15. sawdustmaker says:

    Question: Whats wrong with Megans Halloween costume
    Answer: Nothing

  16. A. Gautier says:

    I really like books whose titles include “embracing a variety of important subjects”, with topics like tanning, ink-making, removing stains, pyrotechny, air balloons, brewing ans distilling. 🙂

  17. David says:

    Oooo – You are so dead.

    Seriously, though, I never realized you were one for subtle (or not so sibtle) Masonic imagery.

    There is a way to interpreting that illustration that is correct in the classical sense: the masons are superior (represented by the female figure with the square and dividers), and the lesser trades (whose representative figures are smaller, and thus of lesser stature) are arrayed in awe.

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