Cholera Humbug! The Arrival and Departure of the Cholera Morbus. Birt, Thomas, paper, 1824–1841. Museum of London
The verse of this broadsheet reveals the social unrest and reactions caused by a cholera outbreak. The phrase 'Cholera Humbug' was a widespread marker of the belief that the disease was invented by the establishment – or did not exist at all. Broadsheets or posters such as this derided and promoted resistance against the political and medical authorities.