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What is a "red lead firm"?

Red Lead was a material used industrially for centuries. Its applications include use as a pigment. Toxicity means that it is no longer widely used. At the period, there would have been a number of ...
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What is a "red lead firm"?

'Red lead' might mean specifically the red lead paint which was used as an anti-corrosive on the steelwork of ships and boats. Because of the risks of lead poisoning, it was banned from sale to the ...
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In "Keep the Aspidistra Flying", what is the joke about "Mice"?

This appears to be a frequently asked question for Keep the Aspidistra Flying, and while there's no fully confirmed answer, there is at least a prominent theory. I found a few old Usenet (Google ...
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