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Dec 20 2006 11:48
Any answers?

From the Guardian's Notes and Queries section yesterday:

Guardian Reader wrote:
A popular cartoon depicts an anarchist with a bomb with a lit fuse sticking out. Has such a bomb ever been used?

I was talking about this with someone a couple of days ago and they remembered once seeing a photo of an 'anarchist' with such a bomb.... has anyone else seen a photo like this?

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Dec 20 2006 11:51

i think they were colloquially known as 'FAI bombs' in spain pre-civil war ...

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Dec 20 2006 11:54

I have a picture from Spain in the 30s with bombs like that, yes.

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Dec 20 2006 11:54

can you post it? Then we can collectively answer the guardian questions page tongue wink

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Dec 20 2006 12:04

The hand grenades developed in the 16th century were of this type, a hollow metal ball packed with gunpowder with a fuse that the thrower lit. Also the bomb thrown at Haymarket in 1886 consisted of a hollow lead ball filled with an explosive charge that was ignited by a burning fuse according to reports of the trial. How true this is I don’t know but it is probably from then that the image came from.

Of course some anarchist groups continue to use this image and then complain that their politics are not taken seriously. roll eyes

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Dec 20 2006 12:06

hang on


There you go!

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Dec 20 2006 12:19

Cheers all! Fascinating as usual..