The Man Who One Day Decided to Walk Round the World Wearing an Iron Mask and Pushing a Pram…

Posted on November 24th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

There are some very strange stories lurking in the Archive – many of them just waiting to be rediscovered by some modern-day curator of stories…

Our current favourite is the mysterious report about the man who, as part of an exotic bet, decided to walk around the world wearing an iron mask, while pushing a perambulator…as one does.

As you read this report about ‘Iron Mask’, as he was known, the tale becomes ‘curious and curiouser’, with all sorts of odd digressions about his life emerging blinking into the daylight.

Since the Archive is an “Aladdin’s Cave” of weird and fantastic tales, we plan to post more stories like this in the future – so watch this space!

newspaper report about the man who walked round the world in an iron mask

Essex Newsman – Saturday 13 June 1908

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