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August 27, 2012

Toby - A Well Known Imposter


'Toby. / This vile impostor, whose real name is unknown, was a negro, and, in the early part of the present century,
frequented the streets of London, where successfully levied contributions on the credulity of the humane. Having lost all his toes, while on board a merchantman, he was rendered an object of compassion. During his perambulations he appeared almost double with age and infirmity, but when night came on, he threw off restrant, and walked upright to the beggars meeting, where there was not a more jovial member.' " -- BibliOdyssey: Eccentric Characters

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 27, 2012 3:36 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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in the early part of the present century

The objects in the drawing seem to be much older than 2000.

Posted by: Mike at August 27, 2012 4:51 PM

Didn't we have a black man wandering America four years ago asking for change?

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 28, 2012 10:08 AM

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