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South Sea Bubble, 1721. People queue to enter the Devil's shop, while he cuts up Fortune. Clerics of various denominations gamble in the left foreground. People ride on a wooden hobby horse. Honour is flogged in the stocks by Villainy, and Honesty is broken on the wheel with Self-interest acting as confessor. This, the first major crash of the English stock market, involved fraud, speculation and greed and, when the Bubble burst in 1720, financial ruin for many. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

South Sea Bubble, 1721. People queue to enter the Devil's shop, while he cuts up Fortune. Clerics of various denominations gamble in the left foreground. People ride on a wooden hobby horse. Honour is flogged in the stocks by Villainy, and Honesty is broken on the wheel with Self-interest acting as confessor. This, the first major crash of the English stock market, involved fraud, speculation and greed and, when the Bubble burst in 1720, financial ruin for many. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)