Lamplighters in Maarsen, Holland, poster, 1843.
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'Lantaarn-Opstekers Nieuwjaars-Wensch'. Poster isued by the lamp-lighters of the city of Maarsen, The Netherlands, on the occasion of the New Year, 1843. The verses below the illustration refer to the disasters that claimed many lives in other parts of the world during the year just gone, and gives thanks that God was watching over The Netherlands. The author of the poem, a lamplighter, wishes the people of Maarsen a Happy New Year.