North Sea customs search, 1880s

North Sea customs search, 1880s

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Caption: North Sea customs search. 19th-century artwork of a customs officer searching a fisherman who has landed on a northern European coastline from the North Sea. The customs officer is checking for contraband such as liquor and other alcoholic drinks. Illegal smuggling via North Sea fishermen was an attempt to evade the taxes levied by many countries on the trade of such goods. This engraving dates from 1888.

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