'The Conductor of the Tramway', 1880s.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Chromolithographed music cover of 'The Conductor of the Tramway', written and composed by Charles Blamphin and sung 'with the greatest succes' by Harry Templeton. The illustration shows two men chasing after a crowded horse-drawn tram. Horse-drawn trams were first introduced in Britain by George Francis Train, an American entrepreneur, who opened lines in Birkenhead in 1860, and London in 1861. Train's venture proved unsuccesful and short-lived, but by the 1870s tram services were starting up in several British cities. Printed by Stannard and Dixon.