Click for full picture The vicious political cartoon in which the Bank of England's famous nickname, the old lady of Threadneedle Street, first appeared in print is going on display at the bank for the first time. The cartoon, Political Ravishment or The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger, by James Gillray, shows the old lady in modish Georgian costume made of bank notes, sitting on a double padlocked chest holding the gold reserves. She is fighting off the advances of a spindly, spotty, freckly youth who would have been instantly recognisable to the chortling contemporary audience as the man who became prime minister at the age of 24, William Pitt the Younger. It was drawn at a time when Pitt was struggling to reduce the national debt, and the government had ordered the bank to issue paper bank notes rather than gold.
Although Clara Bow is often given credit as being the inspiration for Boop,  some say she actually began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane , who performed in a style shared by many performers of the day. Inspired by a popular performing style, but not by any one specific person, the character was originally created as an anthropomorphic French poodle. Within a year, Betty made the transition from an incidental human-canine breed to a completely human female character. Her floppy poodle ears became hoop earrings , and her black poodle nose became a girl's button-like nose. Betty was first voiced by Margie Hines. Today, Betty is voiced by Cindy Robinson  in commercials. Although it has been assumed that Betty's first name was established in the cartoon Screen Songs , Betty Co-ed, this "Betty" is an entirely different character.