These cards produced by W. & F. Faulkner Ltd and issued with Grenadier Cigarettes in 1902 are a favourite discovery in my ongoing exploration of all the versions of the Cries of London created down through the ages. Even the most sentimental images can reveal something of the reality of the working lives of hawkers, and I especially like this precisely observed set of surly, cantankerous portraits which convey the relentless nature of street trading with a mixture of wit and affection.
Cats’ meat man.
Ice cream seller.
Baked potato seller.
The muffin man.
You may like to take a look at these other sets of the Cries of London
William Craig Marshall’s Itinerant Traders
Henry Mayhew’s Street Traders
H.W.Petherick’s London Characters
John Thomson’s Street Life in London
Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries
Marcellus Laroon’s Cries of London
John Player’s Cries of London
More John Player’s Cries of London
William Nicholson’s London Types
John Leighton’s London Cries
Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London
John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana of 1817
John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana II
John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana III
Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders
More of Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders
Adam Dant’s New Cries of Spittlefields
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