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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 business involved in the extraction, manufacture and trade of red lead. If the job does have any significance, beyond being mundane and industrial, it is ...


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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 Groups) discussions about it, putting forward and supporting some theories. The most popular theory is: In Horace's Ars Poetica comes the line Parturient montes, ...


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'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 general public in 1992. Today it's "technically available in the UK but only by special licence...In practice however it has been replaced by safer ...


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